From (L to R) Mr. M.G. Verma, Joint Director, Mr. D.S. Rawat, National Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, Dr. Ombeer S. Tyagi, Senior Director, ASSOCHAM at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday
From (L to R) Mr. M.G. Verma, Joint Director, Mr. D.S. Rawat, National Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, Dr. Ombeer S. Tyagi, Senior Director, ASSOCHAM at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday
Bhubaneswar: In a press meet of ASSOCHAM on Tuesday Mr. D S Rawat, National Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, said that lack of cold storage and warehousing facilities, food testing labs and use of primitive technology are the prime reasons behind the growth of food processing industry in Odisha.

Addressing the mediaperson on the release of a study titled, Release of study titled “Orissa: A Rising Investment Destination for Agro and Food Processing”, Mr Rawat said, although the Odisha Government had taken positive initiatives, much remained to be done to give a desired fillip to the food processing sector.

Quoting the study, Mr Rawat said most of the land in the state is owned by small and marginal farmers and added they practise subsistence agriculture and do not have any access to markets. Adding more Mr Rawat said low level of capital formation and low availability of credit also add to the plights of the farmers.

The ASSOCHAM, he said had recommended increase in the total area under irrigation, enhance usage of bio-fertilisers, pesticides and post-harvest technologies by organising training programs on the public-private partnership (PPP) model for existing and upcoming entrepreneurs in the state’s food processing industry.

There is also a need to bring about a synergy between consumer, industry and the agri sector, apart from ensuring an easy, speedy and transparent communication between stakeholders, entrepreneurs and various government agencies, Mr Rawat said.