Food Processing

Food processing is the transformation of raw ingredients, by physical or chemical means into food, or of food into other forms. Food processing combines raw food ingredients to produce marketable food products that can be easily prepared and served by the consumer.

Food processing typically involves activities such as mincing and macerating, liquefaction, emulsification, and cooking (such as boiling, broiling, frying, or grilling); pickling, pasteurization, and many other kinds of preservation; and canning or other packaging.The Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to world food trade every year. In India, the food sector has emerged as a high-growth and high-profit sector due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly within the food processing industry.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimates that the food processing sectors have the potential to attract as much as US$ 33 billion of investment over the next 10 years and also generate employment of nine million person-days. In Uttarakhand Four Agri Export Zones (AEZs) have already been declared under the AEZ scheme of Government of India for litchi, floriculture, herbs & medicinal plants and basmati rice.A Mega Food Park (Patanjali food & Herbal park Ltd.) has been set up at Haridwar under Mega Food Parks Scheme of Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).

Another Mega Food Park project has been granted final approval by MoFPI in Udham Singh Nagar district.Leading players in food processing industry like Nestle, Britannia, Dabur and ITC have setup their processing facilities in the state with cumulative investments of over Rs. 2500 million. In addition, there are a number of small and medium sized food processing units in the state. The state government provides assistance in establishing small and medium size agro parks, food parks etc.

which in turn are expected to provide common infrastructure facilities for storage, processing, grading and marketing. Uttarakhand has been included in difficult area category by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MFPI) and hence units being set up in Uttarakhand will be eligible for higher incentives under the scheme of MFPI. The state government is also providing matching subsidy for projects under various schemes of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

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