8 MoUs in food processing, a good move by AP
The Andhra Pradesh government has signed MoUs with Netherlands government and seven major firms for food processing, technology transfer and marketing for agriculture and aquaculture products. This would go a long way in promoting our food products, which have very less global market.
The MoUs were signed at the Camp Office here on Friday in the presence of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for food processing from agriculture and aquaculture products including tomato, mango, chini, chilli vegetables and aqua products.
National Centre for Banana (NRCB), Tamil Nadu, Future Tech Foods, Pune, Big Basket online grocery store, ITC, Lawrencedale Agro Processing India Pvt Ltd, (Leaf), IFB Agro Industries Ltd, Empire Company and Netherlands Government have signed the eight MoUs.
Earlier, Chief Minister held a review meeting on food processing said that the government is roping in major Companies for tie-up in food processing mainly to make use of the seven to eight crops that have been worrying the farmer in terms of storage, marketing and getting remunerative price.
The partnership will go a long way and will be helpful to the women entrepreneurs, he said.
Netherlands Ambassador Marten van den Berg, spoke through video conference from New Delhi. The Netherlands government has signed the MoU for developing interior architecture, design, packaging, and containers of food processing.
NRCB will partner in developing new micro-food processing promotion and quality testing laboratories. NRCB representatives Dr Siva and Dr Suresh Kumar, who signed the MoUs, have shown the by-products of dried bananas and discussed about the technology involved in it.
Future Tech Foods CEO Ajit Soman has briefed the Chief Minister about the utility of vacuum technology in food processing.
Big Basket, Zonal Head K Ramachandra Kiran, who inked the MoU, said that they are active in Ananthapur and are concentrating on procurement centres. The Company will be providing basic infrastructure for food processing for tomato, banana and other crops.
ITC will help in processing mango, chini, chilli and others and the Company Vice President G Krishna Kumar has signed the papers.
On behalf of Leaf, Vijay Raghavan signed the papers and the Company will work on onion processing units while IFB has signed for fish and prawn breeding technology, marketing and other aspects. Empire Company has signed in for export and retail of fish and prawns.
On behalf of the State Government, AP Food Corporation CEO Sridhar Reddy, Fisheries Department Commissioner K Kanna babu singed the MoUs for their respective departments.
Ajit Desai on behalf of Desai Fruits and Dr Uma from NRCB have participated in the event through video conference.