8 May 2012

Uttarakhand Government is going to set up an Agriculture Marketing Board in the state.

In a bid to help farmers acquire appropriate price of their crops, very
soon the State Government is going to set up an Agriculture Marketing Board
in the state.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, in a meeting held with the entrepreneurs
engaged in food processing at Secretariat on Tuesday announcing setting up
of Agriculture Marketing Board said that it would help farmers in marketing
their produce and also help them in maintaining better coordination with
the investors. "We are very soon going to activate this Board," he said.
Chief Minister stating that Uttarakhand had great potential in food
processing urged the entrepreneurs to set up maximum industries in the hill
region. Announcing to establish Food Parks in the Kumaon and Garhwal
regions, he called on the entrepreneurs to set up food processing
industries in these parks assuring them of all possible assistance from
state government's side. He said that Vir Chandra Garhwali Tourism Self
Employment Scheme would also be included in the food processing industry so
that more youths get employments.
Chief Minister Bahuguna directed the concerned officers to prepare maximum
proposals under National Mission on Food Processing Scheme which had
already begun on April 1 this year. He said that the contribution
percentage in the scheme between state and the Centre was 25:75. He
revealed that 33 percent grant was provided in this Rs. 75 lakh budgeted
scheme for strengthening of Information Technology, establishment and
modernization process. Similar way the grant is provided for development of
human resource too, he said. Chief Minister Bahuguna said that the
establishment of food processing industries in the hill areas would check
migration from hill areas as the youths would get jobs in their native
President of Kumaon Garhwal Chamber of Commerce and Industries Mr. Vikas
Jindal presented before the Chief Minister various suggestions useful in
accelerating the food processing industry in the state and expected support
from the state government. He expected release of Government Order for
uninterrupted power supply, waiver in 2.5 per cent Mandi Tax and increase
in the CST rebate to food processing industries as earlier announced by
CM. Also present on the occasion were Secretary, All India Frozen Food and
Vegetable Association Ashvini Chhabra, former President of CII Uttarakhand
Chapter Rakesh Oberai, Pankaj Gupta of Uttarakhand Industries Association,
Industrialists Anil Goel and Director Industry Sudhir Chandra Nautiyal.

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