New Delhi: The Ministry of Food Processing and the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying today signed a pact to bring convergence in the various Central schemes for providing benefits to entrepreneurs and achieving holistic growth in the two sectors. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Parshottarn Rupala, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, and Pashupati Kumar Paras, Minister of Food Processing Industries.
The MoU between the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) was signed for “extension of benefits to dairy entrepreneurs/ dairy industry through the convergence of various scheme”, an official statement said.
Speaking at the event, Rupa- la said the convergence of the schemes of both the departments will benefit entrepreneurs as well as farmers.
He asked the two departments to finalize the process of implementation of this convergence so that entrepreneurs get the benefit of schemes run by both ministries. Rupala also asked to include schemes related to fisheries in this MoU.
The minister pointed out that the processing level was still low in the country and stressed the need to boost food processing for the growth of the Indian economy. Talking about the need for convergence, Paras said the food processing sector gets raw materials from agriculture and allied sectors like dairy and fisheries.
The food processing sector has huge potential to generate employment, he added.
The DAHD and MoFPI will work together to achieve the goal of income generation for sustainable development of the rural poor, an official statement said.