New Delhi: Odisha is participating as a ‘Focus State’ in the World Food India (WFI)-2017, being organized from 3rd–5th November, 2017 at New Delhi. As a ‘Focus State’, Odisha will be setting up its own pavilion with 12 stalls showcasing various processed food items from Odisha like spices, cashew, confectionary items, processed agro food, sea food, etc. Odisha Sea Food Exporters’ Association along with Directorate of Fisheries will showcase the potential in sea food sector. Similarly, Directorate of Horticulture and APICOL along with local industry partners will showcase the processed agro food items as well as spices that are produced in Odisha.
A Seminar on “Opportunities in Food Processing” in Odisha is also being organised during the event on the 3rd November, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan. Besides, the Business Delegation going from the State will be having B2B meetings with investors and entrepreneurs from other states and countries. It may be mentioned that Japan, Denmark and Germany are ‘Partner Countries’ and Italy, Netherlands are ‘Focus Countries’ in WFI-2017. Besides, there are official and business delegations coming from countries including Poland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UK, France, Netherlands, etc.
At WFI-2017, a Business Delegation from Odisha shall showcase their respective processed food items to the event participants. This delegation would include Utkal Chamber of Commerce, MITS Mega Food Park, Cashew Processors’ Association, OMFED, Milk Mantra Dairy Pvt. Ltd., Indo-Nissin Food Ltd., Anmol Biscuits, Magma Foods, Jay Bharat Spices, Jagannath Flour Mills, OM Oil & Flour Mills, Paris Bakery, KASAM, etc.
World Food India (WFI)-2017 is a global mega food event to facilitate partnerships between Indian and international businesses and investors, and a gateway to the Indian food economy. In this event, more than 2000 participants, and 50 plus global CEOs will be participating from around 20 countries.
With 10 diverse agro-climatic zones and a 480 km long coastline, Odisha is a leader in production ofa. Rice 6th Largest producer (98.7 lakh tonnes production out of which 32.55 lakh tonnes was surplus production),b. Vegetables 4th largest producer. (100 lakh tonnes)c. Sea-Food– 4th Largest producer of Shrimp, 9th Largest producer of Fish (Fish- 6 lakh tonnes)d. Cashew 3rd largest producer (85,000 MT)e. Major producer of Coconut, Oilseeds, Potato, Corn, Chilly, Ginger, Turmeric, etc.
Odisha is one of the few States in India which has a dedicated Food Processing Policy, 2016, and targeting creation of a conducive ecosystem of food processing sector in the State, the policy contains provisions for capital investment subsidy for food processing industries, anchor industries, cold chains, primary processing centres, reefer vehicles, food testing labs, etc. It also promotes human resources development and promotional activities in the food processing sector. Some of the major incentives includef. Capital Investment Subsidy (CIS) – Upto INR 5 croreg. Setting up Mega Food Park / Sea Food Park / State Food Park – Upto INR 15 croreh. Assistance for setting up Food Testing Laboratory – Upto INR 4 crorei. Assistance for Human Resource Development (HRD) – Upto INR 1 crore
“Food Processing, including sea food”, has been recognized as a Focus Sector for industrial development in the State, and State-of-the-Art infrastructure has been developed in the State for the sector. Major Food Parks include-j. Mega Food Park at Rayagada (65 acres, developed at a cost of INR 80.17 crore)k. Sea Food Park at Deras near Bhubaneswar (152.78 acres)
Above INR 4.8 lakh crore of investments have been approved in the State across sectors, since 2004. The government has identified various projects in offering to investors, this includes –l. Agri Export Zones (AEZs)m. Rice Technology Park n. Seafood Park o. Mega and Medium Food Parksp. Centre of Excellence (CoE)q. Cold Storage Facilities, etc.