The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Scheme of Research and Development and Quality Control to enable adherence to stringent quality and hygiene norms to face global competition and export. The Ministry is also providing financial assistance to support research and experiment and adoption of food safety and quality assurance mechanism to keep the Indian food processing industry, technologically abreast of international best practices.
The food processing sector is presently growing at an average rate of 13.5% per annum. The level of processing has gone up by about 4% from existing 6% in 2005 to 10% in 2009 and value addition by 6% from 20% to 26% in the same period both at domestic and international level. The Vision Document 2015 envisages increasing the value addition from 20% to 35% by 2015.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Dr. Charan Das Mahant in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
MP: SB:CP: norms (Lok) 6.9.2011
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