New Odisha Food Processing Policy soon: Industries Minister Dibya Sankar Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Industries Minister Dibya Sankar Mishra said a new Odisha Food Processing Policy is under process and would be released soon. He invited suggestions from stakeholders of the food processing sector.

The Minister said this while inaugurating the Food Tech Conclave organised by the ICC at the Hotel Mayfair here. He said that Odisha would have food processing industries of 33 billion dollars in three-five years. The sector would create jobs for youths.

Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Addition Secretary Manmath Kumar Pani highlighted about the opportunities in cereal cultivation in the State.

Odisha produces 10.76 lakh MT of cereals, 90 lakh MT vegetables, 21 lakh MT key food products, 3.35 lakh MT of sweet potato, 0.88 lakh MT cashew, 13 lakh MT Tamato and 5 lakh MT of spices, he said.

Among others Industry Director SK Hota, Export Director Saran Kumar Jena, Agri and Food Processing Committee of ICC Odisha convenor Sriram Panda were present.