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Gap between farm and shelf to be bridged: Badal

Posted on Jun 13 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, June 13 : Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that her priority is reduction of poverty by bringing the food inflation down and to do that Food Processing Sector has to play central role in driving improvements in the country and in filling the gap between 'farm and shelf'.

The minister said: "To feed increasing population, food shall be a very critical sector and apart from driving food processing growth, India would need to turn wastage of fruits and vegetables into packaged food and to do that all States need to focus on food processing industries".

With a view to give boost to the food processing industries in Punjab, Badal on Thursday evening met officials of various Food Processing government undertakings like Milkfed, Markfed, Punjab Agro and asked them to build 'Brand Punjab' and to focus on making Punjab number one State in terms of food processing.

The minister also studied the practices being followed by various organizations in Punjab and suggested improvements and more market linkages.

Talking to officials, Badal emphasized that all States need to make their own Brands, like for 'Brand Punjab' be made and be marketed globally both by government and by all.

Badal also met Food Processing Commissioner of Punjab and discussed the ways and means to improve food technology with Dr. Nripendra Singh, Head of the Food Science and Technology dept of Guru Nanak Dev University.

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