Union Food Processing Industries Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal stressed on the need for bringing down the percentage of losses in the agricultural commodities particularly in fruits and vegetables from the present 18% to much lower levels at an MOFPI-ASSOCHAM event.
Addressing the meeting organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) in association with the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) with Ministers of Food Processing Industries of States/ UTs, the Minister said that impetus on food processing can result to self-reliance in food production and maximisation of yield.
Quoting the study made in the year 2009, Smt. Badal said that the wastage of fruits and vegetables works out to around Rs.44,000 crores a year which can be reduced significantly by suitable investments in the food processing sector. She said that presently only 2-3% of fruits and vegetables are processed and thus there was a great opportunity in the food processing sector.