DIBRUGARH: A Food Tech Conclave under Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana with the aim to develop the food processing sector in Dibrugarh district was held on Thursday in Dibrugarh. The conclave, which was organized by the Indian Chambers of Commerce in association with Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and Dibrugarh district administration, was attended by Minister of State, Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Rameswar Teli; Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha and other dignitaries.
Issues pertaining to the development of the food processing sector in the district, such as to create stakeholders’ interest, agri-potential available in the region, possibilities of agri-food business, new food processing technologies, manufacturing and packaging processes, quality assurance and market linkages were discussed in the conclave along with various MoFPI schemes.
Delivering his speech, Teli said that the government’s aim was to develop the food processing sector and keeping in view the huge potential for its development, the Food Tech Conclave was organized to provide a platform to sector players to explore opportunities for farming, sourcing, processing, value addition, distribution and marketing in the food processing sector in the district. He also highlighted the steps initiated by the ministry to develop the sector in the north-eastern region. Speaking in the conclave, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha stressed the need to come up in a planned manner to utilize the potential available in and around Dibrugarh district for development of food processing projects. Representatives of NABARD, DICC, Agriculture department, several banks, the tea industry, small tea growers and organic farmer groups also participated in the conclave.