In a city where the average family spends an average of Rs. 10,000 per month on food, the Agri-Food Industries (AGI) Ministry’s agro-food manufacturing and supply chain development programme is taking shape.AIGI Director General Pankaj Purohit, who is in his first year as the AGI’s Chief Minister, said the programme will “recreate and expand the agro food industry in the state”, and aims to bring it “to a level where it is the highest level in the country”.
The Minister added, “The agro sector is in the midst of a revolution and this is one of the first areas where the AGIs vision and mission can be realised.”
The Agri Food Industries (Agro- Food Manufacturing and Supply Chain Development Programme) is being organised in three phases: the first phase will start from July, and it will involve more than 5,000 companies.
The AGI aims to have over 40,000 jobs in the sector, including 3,000 in the agriculture industry.
Purohit said the AGi aims to “strengthen the Agrio-Food industry sector in the State”.
“The agri-food sector is growing in the States and in the world, and we are doing our best to ensure that it is a pillar of our economy, and an engine of growth,” he said.
In addition to this, he said the agri food sector has the “most innovative technologies, manufacturing techniques and supply chains in the entire country”.
Purohit also said, “Agro food is the most versatile food in the food chain.
We want to be the agricultural industry that has the most innovative technology and technology that can be used in any product, including food.”
The AGi has plans to set up new research and development centres for agro foods.
According to the Agencies data, the agribusiness sector accounts for around 10% of the state’s gross domestic product, and the agrocare sector accounts of around 35% of India’s population.