Guwahati: In a bid to capitalize the potential of food processing industries in the State, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the Industries and Commerce Department to prepare a roadmap for launching a mission exclusively to deal with food processing sector under Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana in Assam.
Reviewing the activities of Assam Industrial Development Corporation at Janata Bhawan on Wednesday, the chief minister underlined the possibilities of food processing industries and asked the department to immediately come up with a strategy to make best use of this sector.
Sonowal has directed the officials to explore possibilities for value addition of agricultural products which are produced abundantly in the State through food processing industries.
The CM also observed that in spite of having huge production of ginger, turmeric, orange, pineapple, tomato etc. in the State, farmers have failed to extract desired benefit due to lack of proper market linkage.
Therefore, he directed the AIDC to assess the market system to identify the promising areas of food processing industries in the State. He also directed AIDC to take on the responsibility to develop proper linkage between food processing industries and the market for developing productive environment for farmers.
Further highlighting the possibility of AIDC to develop a better industrial ecosystem in the State, Sonowal asked the industries department to promote entrepreneurship among local youth. He also ordered to arrange industry visits by students for developing entrepreneurship zeal among them.
Set up in 1965, the Assam Industrial Development Corporation in the last 50 years has developed 13 industrial infrastructures, 3970 bighas of land bank for the establishment of industrial units in the State. So far 175 industrial units are operating from the land banks developed by AIDC.