New Delhi, June 11 : The Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai today said here that the Central Government would be launching a scheme to develop infrastructure in food processing sector and an amount of over Rs 40 million have been earmarked for it.
Sahai said that there was an urgent need to sensitise food processing industry to meet increasing food safety standards which would help India to garner a higher share in the world food trade.
Addressing national seminar on Food Safety and Quality Management systems in New Delhi, he said this step would also ensure better and hygienic food to the common man.
He stressed that for achieving better food quality, the focus has to be on development of integrated food law, strengthening institutional set up for standards, better human resource development and capacity enhancement.
Member of Planning Commission Syeda Hamid, who also addressed the seminar, said that there was a huge potential in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern States to develop food-processing.
According to reports, only two per cent of the fruits and vegetables are processed in India and about 35 per cent of them are wasted due to lack of processing and storage facilities.