Tapping Agriculture potential for better produce playing on Yogi government’s mind

Lucknow: It has been the belief of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath since his first term that Uttar Pradesh has infinite compassion for nature and God. The vast landmass of the Indo-Gangetic belt, which is one of the most fertile land in the world, the evergreen rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and Saryu irrigating it and 9 types of agro-climatic zones further increase the possibilities of farming. If we process our produce and add value to them, there will be many benefits.

For example, farmers will get the price of their produce. With the establishment of processing industries, employment will be generated on a large scale in the field of grading, packing, transportation, loading, unloading, marketing of the produce at the local level. Farmers’ income will increase. Along with this, these units will also be helpful in reaching one trillion dollars for every family, one employment and the economy of the state.

UP is number one in the production of about 15 products related to agriculture. Because of this, the potential for food processing here increases further. The government is also well aware of these possibilities. In a press conference organized in connection with the preparations for the Agriculture-based MSME Entrepreneurs General Conference and India Food Expo 2022 held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow, the state’s Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Manoj Kumar Singh told that the economy of UP is about $ 250 billion. is of. Of this, Rs 4.5 lakh crore is from agriculture and Rs 50,000 crore is contributed by the food processing sector. There are thousand 70 registered and 20 lakh unregistered MSME units in the state. After the textile sector, the food sector has the highest employment. The state ranks second in providing employment to the people under the MSME sector in the entire country.

In such a situation, food processing has an important role in making the state a one trillion economy. Organizations participating in the event. In the program, Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Central Potato Research Institute, Indian Institute of Packaging, Central Food Technology Research Institute, Flavors and Fragrance Development Center Kannauj, UPcida, Planning Department) and Demos of 1500 units related to this field, and subject experts The food processing sector of the state will get a new face for its expansion from the seminar.

What does the Grandthorne report say?

The prospects of this sector have also been discussed in a report by the country’s apex industrial organization ASSOCHAM and the global organization of chartered accountants, Grandthorn. According to the report, by the year 2024, about one crore employment opportunities will be created in this sector. Out of this, about 10 lakh people will get direct employment. The demand for processed food is bound to increase due to urbanization, increasing trend of nuclear family. There is a good demand for such quality products in the overseas markets as well.

It is noteworthy that since his first term, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has believed that the income of farmers will increase only through value addition of food items, vegetables and fruits.

In the beginning of Yogi 2.0 also, in a meeting held before the Council of Ministers of seven departments related to agriculture, the Chief Minister had directed that in the first phase, plans should be prepared for Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Bulandshahr and Lakhimpur Kheri. There is so much land in almost all the mandis of the state that processing units should be set up in them as per their requirement. Therefore, processing units should be set up in the mandis on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Similar initiatives should also be taken for Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) set up in every district. Not only this, the Chief Minister had also given instructions to make storage for safe storage of ready and raw materials.

Opportunities in Uttar Pradesh

As UP is number one in the country in the production of wheat, cabbage, watermelon, mango, guava, amla, vegetable bhanji, mentha, milk and meat etc. Labor and markets are also not a problem, being the largest population. Due to the availability of 9 types of agro-climatic zones and plentiful water, it is easy for the farmers to grow the crop as per the demand of the processing units. In view of these possibilities, the emphasis of the Yogi government is to promote the food processing sector. This is also the purpose of the event to be held from November 2 to 4.

Yogi government’s initiative so far

The BJP in its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra-2022 had made a commitment to set up 6 mega food parks in different parts of the state. In continuation of the same commitment, in a meeting held before the Council of Ministers of seven departments related to agriculture, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed to prepare an action plan to promote food processing. Keeping in mind the potato and region-specific crops in Saharanpur, Lucknow, Hapur, Kushinagar, Chandauli and Kaushambi, Center of Excellence is preparing to start construction of 14 new incubation centers under Pradhan Mantri Micro Food Upgradation Scheme.

Work and results so far

In the very early days of his first term, CM Yogi had given a direction to this sector full of possibilities by issuing a new Food Processing Industry Policy. The results of continuous efforts were also positive. During this period, in the Horticulture sector, where there was an expansion of 1.01 lakh hectares in the area under fruit, vegetable, flower, spice crops, there was an increase in production by 07 percent. Center of Excellence based on Indo-Israel technology was approved in Basti (Fruit) and Kannauj (Vegetable), then 177 hectare area for flower and vegetable production from protected cultivation. Polyhouse/shednet house was also prepared by 554 farmers in the project. When the capacity of potato storage was increased by 30 lakh metric tonnes, about 200 storage centers were set up for onion storage.

Action Plan of Yogi Sarkar-2

As part of the strategy to encourage the Agricultural Producer Organizations, soon there is a preparation to form 4000 new FPOs for specific crops. They will also be given a grant of up to Rs 18 lakh. As a part of employment oriented efforts, a special campaign to train youth for cookery, bakery and confectionery is going to start soon. Similarly, the government is working on a plan to start one year/one month/100 days trade diploma course at Government Food Science Training Centers and 15 days/03 days short duration training course at Government Community Fruit Preservation Centers. has been

According to the data of the Union Food Processing Ministry, about 92651 crore grains, milk, fruits, meat and fish are wasted every year while traveling from farm to market. Of these, only fruits and vegetables are worth Rs 40811 crore. Because Uttar Pradesh is the leader in the production of all things. Therefore, the farmers of the region also live in maximum losses. This wastage will be stopped by setting up of processing units. Its direct benefit will be given to the farmers here. Also for these units

In order to produce, grading, packing, loading-unloading raw and finished goods and transporting them to the market, a large number of people will get employment at the local level.

So the headlines will not be made of potato, tomato and onion recession

If this happens, the slowdown of onions, potatoes, tomatoes will not make headlines. Processing must be a means. With all
The government will bring such crops under the purview of MSP. For this a “Bhamashah Bhava Stability Fund” of Rs. one thousand crore will be formed.

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