PATNA: Recalling his dream of “having at least one food item from Bihar in every Indian’s plate”, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Thursday called upon entrepreneurs to establish more food processing industries in the state.
He also promised all possible assistance and subsidy from the state government to the prospective investors.
“One of my dreams is to have at least one food item grown in Bihar in every Indian’s plate. There are enormous possibilities in food processing sector here. Fruits like mango, litchi and banana are available in abundance. Entrepreneurs should consider setting up industries in Bihar. We will provide all help, including subsidy up to 35%, to the investors. For SC/ST and women investors, subsidy can be increased up to 40% of the investment,” Nitish said while speaking at the ‘agriculture and food processing conclave’ organized by Assocham and the state government.
The CM said better processing would not only cut down wastage of agricultural produce and add value to production but also raise income of the farmers. The processing units would also open new avenues for employment. He also pointed out that 76% population of Bihar was dependent on agriculture. “The population is increasing. At the same time agricultural productivity is also going up due to state government’s policies and agriculture road map. Food processing industries will not only encourage the farmers but also ensure betterment of agriculture sector. Food processing units will not have any shortage of raw products required for their plants,” Nitish said.
Stressing on maintenance of quality, Nitish asked the investors to ensure that food processing in their plants should be of “good quality”. “Bihar has a brand like Sudha milk. Today, Sudha is popular in many states. You must take necessary steps to develop your own brands in the market. Your products should be of such a good quality that people from other states and country visit Bihar and buy your products,” he said.