The Uttar Pradesh Government will host a three-day event focusing on food processing industries starting from November 2. Called the “Agro Based MSME Udyami Mahasammelan”, the event will be organised to promote setting up of food processing industries in MSME Sector in the largest state in India.

According to the Department of Horticulture UP Government, the focus would be on start-ups and prospective entrepreneurs who want to set up food processing industries in UP along with existing entrepreneurs engaged in agro based food processing industries / business mainly in MSME Sector who want to diversify and expand.

The UP Government is expecting participation of around 100 exhibitors and 1,500 representatives from the food processing sectors including research bodies like CFTRI Mysore.

The event, according to the officials, will also act as a platform for disseminating information regarding various schemes being run by the Government including those related to financing of projects.

The UP Government has stated that the food processing industry would have a significant role in taking the state’s economy to one trillion US dollar level. At present UP’s economy was 250 billion US dollar which included contributions of Rs 4.5 lakh crore from the agriculture sector and Rs 50,000 crore from the food processing industry.

Over 70,000 MSME units in the food processing sector were registered in Uttar Pradesh while the number of unregistered units was around 20 lakh. The Horticulture Department has said that UP was top in 15 major agriculture and horticulture crops in the country wherein wheat, mango, potato and watermelon were some of the major crops produced here.