Guwahati, Feb 15 (ANI): A food processing expo was recently organized in Guwahati where industry players and experts discussed the road ahead for the sector in Northeast.
Hiru Deka, a budding entrepreneur from Karbi Anglong in Assam, who runs a food-processing unit, is currently showcasing his products at the Northeast Food Processing Expo with the aim to expand his market.
Deka processes Bhoot Jolokia, the famous chili from the Northeast into pickles,that are marketed all over the country.
Deka's unit provides employment to several people.
"We market our product through NERMAC in different parts of the country. We will now be coming up with the retail marketing also in some time," said Deka.
Nearly thirty food processors from different parts of the Northeast also exhibited their produce at the expo.
The expo provided the entrepreneurs and experts a platform to discuss ways of promoting the sector that is still in its infancy.
They discussed strategies for creating a sustainable market for packed food, developing logistics and improving the infrastructure.
"Food Processing has a very bright future here and as mentioned in the session packaging of the food products is also very important and has a huge scope," said Abhijit Baruah, chairman, CII.
The government is providing subsidies to self-help groups and upcoming entrepreneurs to set up their own food processing units.
It has already initiated construction of a mega food park at a cost of Rs 250 crores on the outskirts of Guwahati that will include 27 food-processing units.
The sector possesses huge potential for export and generation of employment.
"Government is extending full support for the packaging and food processing industry. Entrepreneurs can take their help and start an industry with it. The industry has a bright future, as the people in Northeast are conscious of their purchases and prefer good products," said Nikalhi Bora, an entrepreneur.
The economy of the region largely depends on agriculture, making food-processing industry not just an opportunity but also a necessity.
It will help in reducing wastage of agro products and also contribute in overall food trade.
The expo was organized under the aegis of North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation and ministry of Development of Northeastern Region. (ANI)
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