Ministry of Food Processing Current Affairs - 2020

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GoI hosts National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi

The Government of India is to host National Organic Food Festival at the National Capital between February 21, 2020 and February 23, 2020. The festival is first of its kind. Around 150 women entrepreneurs are to participate in the festival

Highlights

The Ministry of Food Processing is organizing National level Food Festival for 3 days. Several Self-Help Groups are to exhibit their spices, fruits and vegetable, honey, dry fruits, cereals, etc. The main aim of the festival is to boost production of organic products. The festival is to be conducted under the theme

Theme: Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential

Purpose

The festival aims to conduct training programmes, marketing innovation programmes, imparting knowledge about supply of organic products. It will also conduct training programmes on FSSAI regulations that will help to get familiarized with regulatory processes.

Organic Market Potential of India

India is world’s 9th largest agricultural organic market in the world. It produces 1.7 million tonnes of organic foods. It includes cotton, pulses, fruits, tea, medicinal plants, coffee, vegetables, sugarcane, oil seeds, etc.

Goal Set

India has set a goal of increasing business of organic sector to Rs 75,000 crores by 2025. In 2015, it was Rs 27,000 crores.

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First Mega Food Park of Central India inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Steel Silo based Avantee Mega Food Park in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. This is the first food park of central India.

About Avantee Mega Food Park

It is spread over 51 acres and has been constructed at a cost of about Rs.150 crore. About 5 thousand local people are expected to get employment from this Mega Food Park.  Processing of gram, wheat, soyabean and other grains and vegetables will be done in park. Warehouses will also be opened in Agar, Indore, Dhar, Ujjain and in next phases.

Benefit: Excess production compels farmers to sell their produces at low rates. Since the mega food park is now present in the region, farmers will be able to earn more through value addition by storing their produces after getting facility of food processing and storage.

What is Mega Food Park?

It is a scheme of Union Ministry of Food Processing which aims to establish direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets through a network of collection centres and primary processing centres.

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