To commemorate 75 years of India's independence, the Government of India is celebrating the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.' As a part of the celebration, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is organising ‘Food Processing Week 2.0’ from 25 to 30 April, 2022 under ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari’ Campaign by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare under the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
In this direction, Union Minister for M/o Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Pashupati Kumar Paras virtually inaugurated 75 (seventy five) food processing projects of Central Sector Scheme - Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana in New Delhi.
The total cost of these projects is about Rs 1238 crore, and the Ministry has provided financial support through grant of Rs 309 crore for these projects. These projects will provide direct and indirect employment to about 36,000 people and benefit about 4 lakh 63 thousand farmers.
The Ministry launched the ‘Food Processing Week 2.0’ on 25 April, 2022, through a social media campaign under which awareness about the schemes of the Ministry, the success story of the beneficiaries of the schemes of the Ministry were covered on social media throughout the week. Apart from this, ODOP workshop and exhibition on Processing and Value Addition of One District One Product is also being organized under PMFME scheme in many districts across the country.
While addressing the promoters, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Pashupati Kumar Paras thanked the promoters of these projects for developing state-of-the-art processing facilities, which will prove to be a milestone in the development of the food processing sector and will greatly benefit the farmers, producers, processors and consumers of the surrounding areas. He also mentioned that as a result of growing urbanization and middle class, there is a constant demand for nutritious processed foods and food processing has the potential to transform India's rural economy.