Biswajit in Paris to hardsell state's industrial potential

IMPHAL,22nd Oct: Textiles, commerce & industries minister Thongam Biswajit, accompanied by principal secretary (textiles, commerce & industries) P Vaiphei reached Paris, France on Monday to participate in the SIAL-2018 World Food Exhibition on Monday as part of the Indian delegation led by union minister of state for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur. SIAL-2018 is known to be the world’s largest exhibition of food processing sector and an event that offers wide experience on the latest developments in the sector.

Food processing sector is a key area in the context of the efforts of the department of trade, commerce & industries, which is making concerted efforts in convergence with horticulture & soil conservation department to tap the huge potentials of the state in its organic food products under the Central government’s Kisan-SAMPADA initiatives by covering as many areas of the state as deemed feasible.

Biswajit is keen to take up the food processing industry sector in Manipur with more government interventions, especially with the state’s abundance in natural resources, particularly agri-horticulture products.

Successful implementation of the food processing projects will enable the state’s farmers and entrepreneurs to achieve economic sustenance and better livelihood on the one hand and prevent wastages encountered due to lack of cold storages, food processing infrastructures, latest technologies and know-how, on the other hand.

The minister strong expressed desire for better economic utilisation of the state’s salubrious climate and very fertile soil to produce more agri-horticulture products based on more scientific and modern methods and equally keen to devote on the vast potentials of organic farming and availability of niche markets. He further stressed on the far better quality of the natural fruits of Manipur like pineapples, oranges, lemons which are much higher in juice content and far better in taste than those found elsewhere.

Biswajit said he will give emphasis on the huge potential of the world famous U-Morok, which can capture a niche market as much as the state’s equally famous and exotic Chak-hao, which has gained tremendous popularity and preference among most visitors to the state.

Under the initiative of the minister, the Trade, Commerce & Industries department has already started preparations for taking up natural salt production in Manipur which can provide salt with more health benefits at lower cost when compared to other popular brands that are available in the markets.

He is aware about fund constraints of the department and has therefore considered funding sources from ministries concerned and also linkages with markets outside. In line with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of Sabke Saath, Sabka Vikas and his focus on the farmers’ welfare through enhanced agriculture & horticulture produces along with improved processing and marketing, Manipur could also take up this key sector in a way that would make it more economically viable and effective, the minister observed.

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