Govt keen to assist FPOs set up processing units: CEO, Sikkim Organic Mission CII HELP SOUGHT TO SET

Gangtok, 19 Nov:

“The State Government is simplifying the procedure for putting up the processing units for Farmer Producer Organisations up to a certain limit and we will request Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] to help us form an Organic Seed Hub in Sikkim and help with capacity building of FPOs to develop food processing and agricultural sector in the state,” Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr S Anbalagan, said while delivering a special address, “Value Addition & Technology intervention in Food processing Sector in Sikkim,” at a workshop on Food Processing in Sikkim held here today.

“The State Government has taken the responsibility of organic certifications and is trying to process online registration of FPOs which will help in market linkages,” he added.

There are also plans for creation of e-Portal, Mandis, Cold Chain and Cold Storage to support Sikkim’s FPOs, he said.

Member CII Sikkim, CREDAI chairperson, Naresh Agarwal, in his address, highlighted the importance and potential of PM Kisan Sampada Yojana, a Government of India initiative implemented under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), which could facilitate a comprehensive package modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.

CII-Sikkim member, Sony Virdi, pointed out that Sikkim was rich in agriculture and now required value addition, creation of a value chain, increasing production and establishing of strong linkages between stakeholders, FPOs, State Government and CII.

Principal Advisor, CII-Delhi, Lt General [retd] Jai Prakash Nehra, said CII FACE [Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence] will work with the State Government by extending handholding support and help enhance services towards improving production through better technology, value chain & value addition of the sector by leveraging its industry connect.

Some recommendations were also made during the sessions in terms of organizing food processing unit visits to obtain exposure and learning for FPO's in Sikkim.

The workshop also included a panel discussion on Central and Sate Government Schemes to promote food processing and Access to the market and establishing linkages both in the domestic and global markets.