Ministry of Food Processing Industries Current Affairs - 2020

NIFTEM to conduct National Organic Festival of Women Entrepreneurs

Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to organise ‘National Organic Festival of Women Entrepreneurs’. The event will be planned and organized through National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Sonepat, Haryana. NIFTEM Vice Chancellor has agreed to organize festival annually. NIFTEM is an academic institution under the administrative control of Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

About National Organic Festival of Women Entrepreneurs

Objective:

  • To encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with buyers as well as empower Indian women through financial inclusion.
  • To promote organic food produce in India.

Women and Child Development Ministry will transfer funds to the Vice Chancellor of NIFTEM. The agreement between two ministries calls upon NIFTEM Vice Chancellor to provide Utilisation Certificate at the end of financial year against funds released by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The Mela will promote both organic produce and women entrepreneurs and will also feature organic produce, fabric, cosmetics, pesticides, fungicides and processed food, among other products. The festival will strive towards providing linkages to women producers to market and supply chain, thereby facilitating their financial inclusion.

MoU will start a new kind of agenda in India which is to promote healthy eating and organic eating. It is also an effort to support women who are in business of organic farming and will benefit millions of women across India.

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Telangana’s first food park inaugurated in Nizamabad district

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Telangana’s first food park at Lakkampally village in Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad district, Telangana. It has been set up at a cost of ₹109 under Centre’s Food Park Scheme and is promoted by Smart Agro Food Park.

About Mega Food Park

It has been set up on 78 acre of land. It is estimated to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 50,000 youth and benefit one lakh farmers. It will generate additional investment of about ₹250 crore will be generated with setting up of 22 food processing units in the park, generating a turnover of about ₹14,000 crore.

About Mega Food Park Scheme

It is being implemented by Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries to give major boost to food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables. Projects under this scheme have been merged under Ministry of Food Processing’s comprehensive flagship scheme-‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana’.

Objective: To create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along value chain from farm to market through cluster based approach with strong forward and backward linkages.

Cluster approach: It is based on “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in well-defined agri/horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units along with well-established supply chain.

Implementing agencies of Mega Food Park project: It is implemented by Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act. State Government, State Government entities and Cooperatives are not required to form separate SPV for implementation of this project.

Funding: Central Government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50 Crore per Mega Food Park project.

Mega food park Project Components: It typically consists of (i) supply chain infrastructure including, (ii) collection centres, (iii) primary processing centres (PPC), (iv) central processing centres (CPC), (v) cold chain.

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