A National Conference on Skill Development in Food Processing Sector Bridging the Gap ~ Building the Nation was organized here today by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was the chief guest.

In her remarks, the Minister announced that the government of the day has already approved 138 food processing projects without revealing the investment in them, hoping that with the execution of the approved projects, the food processing sector is likely to transform in next few years.

According to her, it is these food processing projects among other initiatives of the government, the make in India will prosper and better take off with food processing sector – the key focus area of the Prime Minister.

Referring to skilling, the minister remarked that the skilling is already scaling up in the 11 states and gradually it will expand and cover the rest of India, the advantage of which will definitely percolate down to food processing sector. “The skilled resource on this front will be absorbed in the proposed mega food parks that will not only drastically curtail the wastage of food products but enable farmers their due”, she said.

In his welcome remarks, President, PHD Chamber, Dr. Mahesh Gupta emphasized that to realize the maximum potential in food processing sector, skill development is vital. The government should focusing on skill development in various sectors. In a vast country like India swift growth in the economy can only be achieved through sufficient skilled manpower which should match the requirement of the industry. Institutions like NIFTEM who are developing and training our youths should develop the curriculum and training modules in accordance with the changing scenario.

Vice Chancellor, NIFTEM, Dr. Ajit Kumar in his observations shared the initiatives of the university for skill development in food processing sector, adding that government’s support in terms of policies and grants for skilling is the need of hour and the forthcoming budget should have special provisioning to further upgrade skills so that it acquires the required momentum.

Among other who participated in the Conference comprised Mr. N M Kejriwal, Senior Member, PHD Chamber its Secretary General Mr. Saurabh Sanyal; Mr. Amit Lohani, Founder Director, Forum OF Indian Food Importers; Dr. R.S Khanna, Chairman, Kwality Dairy Ltd.; Dr. Anup Kalra, ‎Executive Director, Ayurvet Limited; Dr. Harsev Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Reliance Dairy; Mr. Amit Dhanuka, CEO, Kejriwal Bee Care India Pvt. ltd.; Mr. Sunil Goel, Managing Director, Global Hunt.

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