Faced with mounting losses of agricultural products after harvest, the government has set a target to increase food processing by 2.5 times in the next 10 years. Currently, food processing has achieved only 10 per cent of India’s total agricultural output. But, the government aims to raise it to 25 per cent by 2025, said Radha Mohan Singh, Union minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, on Saturday. The minister was speaking on the sidelines of the third meeting of the Indian Grain Storage Working Group, organised by the Crop Care Federation of India.
“The government is promoting the processed food industry to make value-addition in agricultural products. Not only this, the government is also chalking out its programme through different schemes to increase the production of fruits and vegetables and its processing with assistance from the ministry of food processing industries,” said the minister.