Aiming to build food processing units in huge numbers across the state on account of the steady rise in paddy production, the Telangana Cabinet has approved the Telangana State Food Processing Policy.
In phase-I, the food processing zones will reportedly be constructed with every zone spreading across 500 – 1,000 acres. The food processing zones would be set up in 10,000 acres by 2024-25.
The state cabinet eyes to receive Rs 25,000 crore investment, to give direct employment to 70,000 individuals as well as indirect employment to three lakh people with the new policy.
It is seen to act as a ‘plug and play’ for people belonging to SC, ST, and minority communities who look to begin the food processing units as the Telangana government would build sheds for them.
The new policy will help to start paddy, rice mills and allied industries, cereals, oilseed, fruits, flowers, fish, meat, poultry and dairy development units. These units will also be encouraged to export. It is also reported that about a 500-metre area around these new food processing units would be buffer zones. This means that no residential colonies would be permitted in these zones. The last date for application for starting the food processing units has been extended till 31 July.
In another development, Elets Food Safety & Quality Summit will be held on 12 – 13 August 2021 on a virtual 3D platform. Organised by Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd and co-organised by its flagship eHEALTH, the two-day summit will be a platform to network and discuss the roadmap for a swifter adoption of the Industry 4.0 technologies, evolving compliances and new regulations for enhancing food safety. Register now: https://event.eletsonline.com/food/