India, Andhra Pradesh: Govt. focuses on food processing: INR 10,000 cr. being spent on augmenting infrastructure in the sector
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the government is spending about INR 10,000 crore (USD 136 million, Euro 112 million) on augmenting the infrastructure in the food processing sector covering the entire supply chain. He insisted that a concerted effort should be made to facilitate remunerative price to farmers.
Emphasis should be laid on solving the problems faced by plantain, sugarcane, chili, tomato, mango and turmeric farmers and means to add value to those crops be explored.
A separate wing in the government should work on processing and packing aspects, the Chief Minister said, agreeing with the suggestion by officials that a mega food processing plant would give a fillip to the sector. Officials told the Chief Minister that it would be good to have a food processing plant in each Parliamentary constituency, with which the latter concurred and called for an action plan.