'Food processing industry has huge potential'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 23:56 IST

Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday said the food processing industry had huge potential to improve rural economy and create livelihoods.

She asked the business tycoons to set up skill development centres where illiterate people could be trained in creating a huge employment opportunity in agro-based units in the country.

During her visit to the country’s leading integrated business city in Chennai, Harsimrat held an interactive meeting with the heads of the key food and beverage processing units in Sri City, which included Cadbury India, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Everton Tea, Premium Ingredients and Kalimark.

She asked the food processing industrialists to devise low-cost processes and preservation mechanisms so that rural people could preserve their food stuffs, thereby contributing to the national economy by saving the food grains.

She also visited multi-product special economic zone, domestic tariff zone and free trade warehousing zone at Sri City including the processing plant of Kellogg’s and witnessed the blooming business environment in the Southern belt.

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