The Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP Government) is bringing a new important policy on food processing industry, which will benefit from micro to large industries on a wide scale. Under this, it will also be possible to get subsidies of up to a hundred crores to big industries. The draft of the policy is ready and it is possible to announce it by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a few days. This information was given by Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Sinha in a webinar of the PhD Chamber of Commerce on food processing.
He said that 70% of India’s population lives in villages, while their contribution to the economy is only 27%. The government is making every possible and transparent effort to increase this contribution of farmers by increasing their income. Naturally, this goal can be achieved by increasing the cost of farmers’ produce through food processing.
Today only 6% of the food grains produced in the state are processed, which is targeted to be increased to 20% in the next five years. With this view, there is immense investment potential in Uttar Pradesh’s food processing industry. It was told in the webinar that Uttar Pradesh has invested 15000 crores in the food processing sector. It is now set to attract an investment of Rs 15,000 crore.
Foodgrains worth 70000 crores are wasted annually
In this webinar of PHD Chamber, BL Meena, Principal Secretary, Food Processing Department, said that in the absence of cold chain in Uttar Pradesh, food grains worth Rs 70000 crore are wasted annually. For this, the state government is running a large-scale subsidy scheme, under which entrepreneurs transporting more than two metric tons of goods can get a subsidy of up to Rs 50 crore under Operation Green.
Solar energy facility should also be applicable for industries
Manish Khemka, the co-chairman of the PhD Chamber, demanded the authorities implement the solar energy facility for industries as well. This will reduce the electricity expenditure of cold storage and other food processing units to make them competitive internationally. It is worth noting that at present industrial units are not allowed to install solar energy net meters. For this reason, it is not possible for them to set up solar plants.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Sinha said that this demand is under consideration before the government and a positive decision is expected soon. He also assured to advocate this issue of public interest even from his level.
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