Uttarakhand food processing guidelines to be made in state

State Food Processing Mission has been running on the rules of the Center for four years
Secretary Garden R. Meenakshi Sundaram gave instructions to the department

For the last four years, the state government had been making its own guideline for the State Food Processing Mission, which is running on the rules of the Center. In the meeting of the Food Processing Mission on Wednesday, Secretary Horticulture R. Meenakshi Sundaram has instructed the departmental officers to prepare a proposal for the guideline of the mission.

Under the mission, the state government provides a subsidy of 35 percent or maximum up to Rs 75 lakh for setting up and expansion of new food processing units. To promote food processing, the Central Government launched the National Food Processing Mission in April 2012. But in the year 2015, the Center stopped this mission and directed the states to operate it at their level.

On this, the state government started the State Food Processing Mission. For four years, the mission is being conducted in the state on the rules of the Center. Many companies are keen on setting up a food processing industry, which makes the government feel the need to create a guideline for the mission.

The government’s priority is to set up food processing units based on agricultural and horticultural crops in the state. This will enable farmers to get a fair prices for agricultural produce. In the meeting held in the Secretariat on Wednesday, Secretary Garden R.S. Meenakshi Sundaram said that the department should prepare a guideline soon to conduct the mission better.

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