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Got Junk Food? There’s a National Mission for That.

Hey kids!  Guess what?  Processed Food now has its own National Mission!

Yes, we have a National Mission on Food Processing, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in August 2012.   But how can such a scheme succeed in a country that has grown accustomed to the taste of fresh food? 

Check out this article on “Foreign Direct Investment in Indian Food Processing Industry.”  Take particular note of all the hardships this industry faces:

Food processing industry in India has been facing constraints like non-availability of adequate infrastructural facilities, like cold chain, packing and grading centres, lack of adequate quality control and testing infrastructure, inefficient supply chain, shortage of processable varieties of farm produce, seasonality of raw material, high inventory carrying cost, high taxation, high packaging cost, affordability and cultural preference for fresh food.

Kakali Majumdar, Asian Journal of Research in Business Economics and Management Vol.2 Issue 4, April 2012

Fear not, our industrious Nation is already hard at work alleviating these constraints and forging ahead with the Mission!


 

Problems faced in achieving the National Mission on Food Processing, Solutions and Budget Allocated

 

Problem Solution Program Budget
inadequate infrastructural facilities
non-availability of cold chain
non-availability of packing and grading centres
lack of adequate quality control and testing infrastructure
inefficient supply chain,
shortage of processable varieties of farm produce
seasonality of raw material
high inventory carrying cost
high taxation
high packaging cost
affordability
cultural preference for fresh food.

 

For Further Reading

FDI in Food Processing Touches $2.15 Billion, Times of India, January 23, 2014.

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