International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) was inaugurated by Sh. Jagadish Prasad Meena, Secretary, MoFPI, Sh. Bijaya Kumar Behera, Economic Advisor, MoFPI and was later joined by the Guest of Honour Sh. K. Parasuraman, Member of Parliament, from Thanjavur Constituency. Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director IIFPT also presided over the inaugural session.
The Secretary, MoFPI in his inaugural address highlighted that the unorganised segment dominates in numbers (about 25,00,000 in 2015-16) of small enterprises and workers, but the organised segment (about 40,000) dominates in terms of value of the output and investment. The percentage share of the organised/registered food processors is hardly 1.5 percent of the total food processors. The first tier food processing technology should target the unorganized sector who can be encouraged to concentrate on primary food processing. The second tier should deal with sophistication of secondary and tertiary processing of high value products.
He also appreciated the continued efforts made by IIFPT in the field of research and food processing and extended Ministry’s support towards achieving the vision of the IIFPT to become an institute of national eminence.
Dr. C. Ananadharamakrishnan in his opening remarks said that the success of the mission onion programme has supported in the livelihood of farmers of that region. With efforts of the farmer producer company and the institute the farmers have planned to export their produce to Tesco, London. He touched upon the ‘mission coconut’ and ‘tomato’ programmes
In the rapidly growing scenario of food processing sector and conducive policy environment, the conference builds a strong platform for knowledge sharing and meaningful delegation among the industry, academia, researchers and farmers which would potentially impact the food sector growth to a newer height.