Jharkhand is bidding to become a major food processing hub in India as it has opened up its doors for investors across West Bengal and other parts of the country. The Government of Jharkhand is pursuing an innovative development plan for Agriculture and Food sector making Jharkhand a food-processing hub in eastern India.
Ms Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Cooperative, Government of Jharkhand brought to light the conducive environment and presence of immense opportunities in this eastern part of the country.
The Secretary added that the Government of Jharkhand is committed to develop a completely new frontier in regards to increasing farmers’ income and enable tremendous employment by providing right policy and investment ecosystem.
The event was part of the ongoing investor reach out for the Government of Jharkhand’s ambitious Global Agriculture & Food Summit 2018, of which foundation stones for projects worth of Rs 50,000 crore were laid in New Delhi at the beginning of the month.
The event held today at ITC Sonar, Kolkata saw the presence of Ms Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Cooperative, Government of Jharkhand, Shri Vinay Kumar Choubey, Secretary, Department of Industries, Govt. of Jharkhand, Shri K Ravi Kumar, Director-Industries, Department of Industries, Govt. of Jharkhand, Shri Ramesh Gholap, Director Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand and many others.
With a view to provide a focused platform to the prospective companies in the Agriculture & Food Processing Sector to explore opportunities in the State, Government of Jharkhand is organising “Global Agriculture & Food Summit 2018” in Ranchi on 29th & 30th November 2018 in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Through this summit, Government of Jhrakhand is creating a platform for the best agro technologies and coordinate exchange of ideas between business communities, government representatives, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO’s), progressive farmers, Agri entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.
As a part of the Government’s endeavor of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the Jharkhand Government’s intensive action plan prioritized drawing investors’ attention towards Agriculture & Food Processing Sector in the state. Today, 212 food processing units are functional in the state and the plan is to lay foundation stones of another 50 food processing units by November 2018.
Mr. Vinay Kumar Choubey, Secretary Industries, Government informed the potential investors about the investor-friendly Food & Feed Processing policies of the Government of Jharkhand which offers attractive incentives to the investors in these industries.
Concluding the event, Shri Ramesh Gholap, Director Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand said, “We are for the people and all government initatives are planned keeping in mind the wellbeing of the people. Apart from being a key driver of the plan, we take the responsibility of ensuring participation by a large number of stakeholders. We hope they are now well aware of the profit oriented investment plan proposed by us and would surely realize the virtue of financial self-reliability of the farmers.”
Spreading awareness about the Summit, a Stakeholders meet and B2G meeting was organized at Kolkata today to attract West Bengal based Investors from Agriculture and allied sectors as well as Food Processing Industries. The meet aimed on discussing the potential and offerings of the State of Jharkhand and how the investments will be profitable for both the stakeholders and the Government. Various ongoing programmes, schemes, projects and policies that are being implemented successfully to the make the state an ideal destination for investments were the highlights of the discussion.
The event was wrapped up with an interactive session with investors where face to face B2G meetings were held with the investors interested to invest in Jharkhand.