Bhubaneswar: Odisha has embarked upon a journey from India’s best kept secret to become India’s most developed food processing state.
To support the Food Processing ecosystem in the state, MSME Department, in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, is going to organise “Odisha FoodPro 2022” on 21st July 2022 which will be a unique gathering of Investors, Manufacturers, Producers, Food Processors, Startups, Policy Makers, and Organizations from the Indian food ecosystem, said an official press release.
The aim of the event is to draw more investment, new skills and technologies into the Food Processing sector of the State and to give better exposure to SHGs, FPOs, Cooperatives and individual units involved in Food Processing activities.
To enhance the outreach of the event, a Curtain Raiser programme was organised by MSME Department today in 8th Floor Conference Hall of Kharavel Bhavan, Bhubaneswar which was launched by Pratap Keshari Deb, Minister, MSME.
In her welcome address, Ranjana Chopra, Principal Secretary, MSME Department briefed about the upcoming event and the roadmap of the food processing sector, the State is going to adopt in the upcoming years.
She showed optimism about Odisha becoming a key hub in the country in food processing in near future and a destined global hub for the eastern part of the world.
The Minister launched the teaser video of Odisha FoodPro 2022. He impressed upon the incessant effort of the Government to foster the food processing sector in the State.
Deb also emphasized on bringing in large-scale investments from various sources which will lead to inclusive growth of the sector as well as will generate more employment.
A brief interactive session was held among entrepreneurs from all categories like micro entrepreneurs, established industrialists and Self-Help Groups. They highlighted the business ecosystem that has been provided by State and its important role in their success.
The programme was also addressed by, inter alia, Agriculture Production Commissioner cum ACS Sanjeev Chopra, Executive Chairman of Startup Odisha Dr Omkar Rai, Principal Secretary of Industries Department Hemant Sharma, Director of Industries Md Saddique Alam, MD IPICOL Bhupendra Singh Poonia and MD APICOL Dr Pravat Kumar Roul.