Following comments by MoS for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in the 1st International Conference on Innovations in Food Processing, Value Chain Management and Food Safety:
- food processing sector is the sunrise sector of the Indian economy
- farmers are the starting point of value chain
- National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) was conceived as the Centre of excellence in the field of food technology and was established to cater to the needs of food processing sector.
- need of the hour to take measures to improve food safety and the focus should be on emerging food pathogens, risk analysis and assessment and techniques involved in detection. It is of utmost importance to provide hygienic food to the consumers in India as well abroad