Chennai, Nov 27 (UNI) India can be a global leader in food production if the natural resources are used fully explored, Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala today said.
Delivering the valedictory address at the two-day Conference on ''Driving the Next Agri Revolution'' at Foodpro-2007, a biennial Indian Food Processing and Food Technology Fair, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, he said ''a thorough research and study on exploring of resources, use of novel methods in production and processing and working out strategies to improvise food process.
He said the food processing industry had gained enoromous significance in India's development because of its vital linkages and synergies that it promotes between the two pillars of economy - the industry and agriculture. ''The changes in food consumption patterns have opened new vistas in food business and created opportunities for advanced farming techniques, modernisation of food chain, improvising agri-inputs, food retailing, among the others''.
The Governor said the food processing industry was one of the largest industries in India and ranks fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and growth. ''We are the second largest producer of food next to China and the world's largest producer of cereals and milk and the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugar, fruits and vegetables and third in cotton. We also have the highest number of food processing plants'', he said.
He pointed out that India had abundant supply of food but despite all these potential the food industry was only in the fifth place.
Tamil Nadu was one of the states with creditable performance in agricultural production with adoption of advanced and changing technologies with its commitment to growth and development of agro and agro-processing industries, Mr Singh added.