Priority to food processing sector
Shakti S. Singh
Food processing is a priority sector for Haryana government
which is keen to encourage investment in the agro-processing sector. The state
government has taken several initiatives and the thrust is to create best
infrastructure for growth of agro- and food- processing industry. Provisions
have been made for food parks, cold chain facilities, food testing laboratories,
human resource development etc.
The state government has enacted the Industrial Promotion Act and made rules to
provide time-bound clearances and approvals by the concerned
department/authority. District and state-level committees have been constituted
to grant such approvals. The self-certification scheme has been introduced in
respect of labour laws to avoid unnecessary inspections. Outside bodies have
been authorised to grant approvals for building plans, certification of weights
and measures, etc.
The government of India, ministry of food processing industries, is setting up
the prestigious National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship &
Management at Kundli in Sonepat district at a cost of Rs 245 crore.
Two food parks at Rai, Sonepat and Saha, Ambala have been developed by the
Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation. Industrial
plots are allotted to food processing industries. A food park in joint sector is
being developed by the Central Warehousing Cold Chain Ltd at Kundli. An
irradiation centre has been developed in private sector at Bahalgarh, Sonepat,
which provides facilities that increase shelf-life of food products.
Laboratories are being set up at test food products as per international
In Haryana, in total more than 210 food processing and agro-based industries in
large and medium sector have been set up with an investment of Rs 1,216 crore
and are providing direct employment to over 50,000 persons. A large number of
SSI units have also come up in food processing industries.
Areas for future investment include: Food and vegetable products; dairy
products; food packaging; food process technology; and cereals processing.
[19 February 2007]