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Governor stresses on more investment in food processing sector

Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: Maintaining that Indian food processing sector has enormous potential in terms of production, consumption, export and growth prospects, Governor Dr SC Jamir on Tuesday urged concerned companies and stakeholders to invest in food processing and packaging sector as the sector is growing 15-10 percent annually.

“The Government has made the commercialisation of the country's food processing sector the first priority with various fiscal incentives. Modernisation and digitisation of agriculture sector will harness toward transformation. A large number of technologies are available now. These are required to be transferred to farmers' field,” the Governor.

He was speaking after inaugurating the "Agro-Vation" organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce at Janata Maidan here.

He called upon to provide the farmers access to the latest innovations and technologies.

He also highlighted Odisha’s achievement in agricultural transformation.

He said The impact of the agricultural transformation agenda has been huge for Odisha. Odisha has earned laurels at the national level by bagging the fourth 'Krishi Karmana Award' in five years for record food grain production and recently it is conferred with the 9th Global Agriculture Leadership Award-2016 given by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture in the category of 'Best Agriculture State-2016'.

Congratulating the department as well as hard working farmers of the state, Governor said that the success was possible for successfully launching large number of pro-farmer programmes to revitalise agriculture in the state leading to higher growth rate, improved farm income and accelerated pace of overall agriculture development and bringing rural prosperity.

On the occasion, LN Gupta, Principal Secretary, MSME, Manoj Ahuja, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment focused on the initiatives taken by their respective department for the growth of agriculture sector. 

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