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State govt on job hunt, to promote food-processing

IN AN obvious bid to tap its vast potential and generate more employment avenues, the State Government has decided to promote food-processing sector soon.
None | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 01:28 AM IST

IN AN obvious bid to tap its vast potential and generate more employment avenues, the State Government has decided to promote food-processing sector soon.

While talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, chief secretary Naveen Chand Bajpai said so far only three per cent of the potential in the food-processing sector was being tapped. Agriculture production commissioner Anis Ansari and principal secretary, Food Processing Jayati Chandra were present at the press conference.

There was a scope for processing 28 percent of food products in the state, said the officers while asserting that UP was a leader in production of wheat, sugarcane, milk, livestock and poultry products and unutilised potential needed to be tapped.

The occasion was announcement of the two-day seminar on “Strengthening of Food-Processing and Marketing Facilities” being organised jointly by the Uttar Pradesh Development Council (UPDC), the Industrial Development Department and the Food Processing Department from July 28.

UPDC chairman Amar Singh would inaugurate the seminar while Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav would give his valedictory address on July 29, said Ansari.
He added that 31 percent of the State’s income was coming from the agro-sector though 74 percent of population was engaged in the sector. The State Government had decided to make efforts to achieve 12 percent growth rate in the manufacturing sector, he said adding that the State Government proposed to attract an investment of Rs 26,800 crore in the sector in the next 10 years.

This would include a major chunk from the private sector, he said. A sum of Rs 500 crore had been invested in the sector in the past two years, he said.

Replying to a question, Industrial Development Commissioner Atul Gupta said no industrial units had shifted from UP to Uttaranchal. “There may be some cases where the industrial units from UP may have decided to make fresh investments in Uttaranchal,” he said adding that the State Government had already announced a package to attract investment in the State. At least six industrial houses including the Tatas were in touch with the State Government, he said adding that a team of the Tata Motors had also discussed further investment plans in UP.

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