SUSTAINED QUALITY RATHER THAN EXCESSIVE PRODUCTIVITY BE FOCUSED OF GOVT. IN AGRI & FOOD SECTOR: CHAIRMAN, FSSAI AT PHD CHAMBER

SUSTAINED QUALITY RATHER THAN EXCESSIVE PRODUCTIVITY BE FOCUSED OF GOVT. IN AGRI & FOOD SECTOR: CHAIRMAN, FSSAI AT PHD CHAMBER

SUSTAINED QUALITY RATHER THAN EXCESSIVE PRODUCTIVITY BE FOCUSED OF GOVT. IN AGRI & FOOD SECTOR: CHAIRMAN, FSSAI AT PHD CHAMBER

No.PR-128

December 20, 2017

New Delhi

SUSTAINED QUALITY RATHER THAN EXCESSIVE PRODUCTIVITY BE FOCUSED OF GOVT. IN AGRI & FOOD SECTOR: CHAIRMAN, FSSAI AT PHD CHAMBER

Chairman, FSSAI, Mr. Ashish Bahuguna on Wednesday emphasized that the focus of policymakers in the field of agri and food production should shift away from excessive productivity away to sustain quality to enable India globalize her food and agri products on sustainable basis.

Delivering his key-note address on India Farm 2 Fork 2017 – 5th International Conference and Exhibition under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, Mr. Bahuguna felt that unnecessary obsession with productivity particularly for agri and food product is no longer amenable as continued focus on it would have adversarial environmental impact on agriculture, land and soil among others.

Therefore, now time has arrived that the focus of policymakers in the Ministry of Agriculture and other coordinating departments with it ought to be on sustained quality of agri and food items to help India attain its global integration in the field of food and agriculture as also help it prevent its soil and land degradation, further emphasized Mr. Bahuguna.

Accordingly, the food safety standards should also evolve to transform India’s food and agriculture with compliance with progressive food safety standards to promote all-round consumption, he said.

Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Mr. J P Meena who also was present on the occasion, however, in his inaugural remarks, felt that whereas large and medium sector industry in agri and food processing sector have been quite collaborating with linking themselves with farmers, the SME segment has somehow fallen behind to work directly with the farmers and lift their produce for optimum value addition.

Therefore, the SME segment need to make certain amendments in their approach and come forward with a pro-active approach to directly work with the farmers well equipped with latest technologies to enable them optimize their production commercially, he added.

Mr. Meena in the meanwhile announced that the government would be coming out with two additional schemes to promote several mini mega food parks across the country for uplift of the agri and food sector in which the subsidy element for setting up of agro food clusters in such parks would vary from Rs.5 crore to Rs.10 crore and urged the industry to take advantage of such schemes which would fall in public domain from next week onwards.

In his welcome remarks, President, PHD Chamber, Mr. Anil Khaitan pointed out that the production of horti items in India have exceeded the grain production which in some sense good for agrarian economy.  He, however, emphasized that globalization and integration of Indian agriculture sector with economies of scales is still a challenge.

Among others who were also present on the occasion in which a knowledge report was also unveiled comprised Chairperson, Agribusiness Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. V K Mishra; Sr. Member of PHD Chamber, Mr. M N Kejriwarl and its Principal Director, Mr. Yogesh Srivastav.

Ends.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal

Consultant (PR)