Friday, August 19, 2022

State can earn revenue only through agri industries: APC


State agriculture production commissioner (APC), Y. Kikheto Sema said there was no scope of other large and medium scales industries in the state and that the state can earn revenue and employ the youth only through agri based industries.
The APC was speaking at the “North East Food Processors Meet for the Technology Upgradation, Bankers, and Investors” at Hotel De Oriental Grand, here, on Friday.
Pointing out that Nagaland was the only state which was formed out of political agreement, APC said even after statehood, there was no time to invest in economic development which resulted in the state lagging behind, especially in food processing system.
In this regard, Kikheto said it was time to invest and that, with diverse agro climatic zone, there was scope for agro-based industry in the hilly terrains.
He stated that the peculiar land holding system and diverse cultivation also posed as challenges.
Kikheto appealed to the bankers and investors present, to invest in the state and not to “shy away” from the state as the state government has provided 200 and 20 crores which he said, was yet to be spent.
He informed that the meet was organised with an objective to have a practical idea of what was happening in the food processing sector outside North East India and to showcase new technologies, latest schemes and benefits of the government of India.
Speaking on the scope of food processing sector in the state, director, Horticulture said there were plenty of fruits for food processing industries.
He said the demand for processed food were on the rise and cheaper workforce could be effectively utilised to setup large low-cost production markets bases for domestic and export good investment opportunities existed in many food processing industries.
He encouraged the bankers to create awareness for farmers and entrepreneurs about various government schemes.
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by one of the representatives of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), followed by technical sessions.
The programme was jointly organised by ministry of Food Processing Industries and ICC.


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