The Centre is planning to develop kiosks for farmers at railway stations to facilitate e-auctions of agriculture products, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, said here at the 9th International Summit on Food Processing, Agribusiness and Dairy.
Speaking at the summit, Rupala said the Centre is planning kiosks for farmers, which will be made available soon at Railway stations.
Speaking on Rail Cold Chain facilities on super-fast trains to reduce wastage, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing, said the loss due to food wastage is one of the biggest priorities of the Ministry. “We are planning to developed cold chain facilities on super-fast trains to reduce wastage of food.”
She further said small processing units set up at the sourcing point of the crop will get 35-50 per cent subsidy, depending upon the type of value-added products made.
Sanjay Prasad, Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Cooperation, Gujarat, said the state is now planning a policy for ‘Ease of doing Agriculture’ to develop an integrated framework and address issues faced by farmers.
Organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham), the event was attended by Myanmarese bureaucrats, including HE Dr. Soe Than, Mandalay Region Minister for Agriculture and Livestock.
During the event, Rupala gave Ahmedabad-based tea major, Wagh Bakri Tea Group, Assocham’s ‘Most Promising and Trusted Brand of the Year 2016 – Tea’ award.
Assocham Gujarat region chairperson Bhagyesh Soneji said, “Innovative technologies & exploring global business opportunities are crucial factors to uplift these sectors in the midst of the global meltdown. Through such summits, we must concentrate on issues such as food regulations and safety & quality standards to compete with international players.”