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India to Focus on Reducing Post-Harvest Losses

04 June 2014

INDIA - After taking charge as the new minister of food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said that her priority will be to find ways to reduce the post-harvest losses.

“My mission is to find ways to reduce the post-harvest losses by facilitating efficient storage and transportation, increase the shelf life of products, and ensure that processed food products are available to consumers across the country at reasonable prices,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal said after assuming charge.

“One of my key objectives would be to ensure that the incomes of the farmers increase, without putting an undue burden on the consumers. I welcome suggestions from farmers, the industry, consumers and other stakeholders to put India at par with other leading food processing nations,” she stressed.

All India Food Processing Association (AIFPA) hailed prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to grant independent status to the ministry, and expressed hope that it would pay undivided attention to framing policies and regulations that would boost the sector’s growth.

“It was always the demand of the industry that the food processing industry be granted independent status and given priority on the lines of information technology (IT) and bio-technology (BT),” the association said in a statement. Dr Kalyan Goswami, secretary general, AIFPA said.

“All the bodies associated with food processing, including AIFPA, have always advocated that the food processing industry gets an independent ministry,” Goswami added.

Goswami also hoped that the sector would be accorded priority (as is the case with the information technology and bio-technology sectors) soon.


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