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Corridor Boost for Food Sector

Fri, 04th Mar 2016 (Source:New India Express)

 Odisha Government has proposed to set up five food processing corridors to draw investment into agro and food processing sectors in the State.

The corridors are Nabrangpur-Koraput-Raygada, Gajapati-Ganjam-Kandhamal, Bargarh-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Deogarh, Nayagarh-Khurda-Cuttack and Bhadrak-Balasore-Mayurbhanj belts. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would make the announcement on establishment of the food processing corridors on March 5, State MSME Minister Jogendra Behera said here on Thursday.

The move comes in the wake of interest shown by both national and multinational companies in investing in food processing industry in Odisha during the recent Make In India week at Mumbai. Odisha has pitched food processing sector to investors and received positive commitment by several majors in the sector.

The State Government will extend all support to industries in the field here. It will provide the infrastructure required for setting up food processing industries along the corridor right from roads, power, water, connectivity, storage and extend facilitation services from farm gate to industry. 

While the Government has earmarked `15 crore for infrastructure development in each corridor, it has also committed to streamline systems of raw material procurement, pre-processing facilities, proper preservation and supply to the industries concerned.

The corridors would be built on agro and horticulture strength of the region concerned. Maize products would be dominant in KBK districts and ginger, turmeric and spices in Kandhamal belt. The corridors would host clusters attending to different food processing segments.

Odisha has immense potential for food processing as only around 0.7 per cent of the total agricultural produce is processed. The State aims to increase the rate of food processing to 10 per cent of total produce by 2017 and 25 per cent by 2025 and has accorded priority to the sector. “The industries will be given 33 per cent subsidy in KBK districts and 25 per cent in others,” MSME Secretary Gagan Dhal said.

The MSME Department has decided to observe birth centenary of Biju Patnaik by organising the 12th Entrepreneurs Week from March 5 to 11. The week would involve seminars, workshops, camps and training sessions from State to district level to motivate youths to take up entrepreneurship.

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