A seminar on food processing will be held in Goa shortly which is expected to provide the much needed boost for sagging agriculture in the state announced Sangam Kurade, Chairman, Food Processing Committee of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
The seminar is organized by GCCI in collaboration with various government departments and is expected to also identify units that could be set up in Goa which in turn would provide employment to the locals.
According to GCCI, the state has around 5,000 small and 300 big firms in the food processing sector. A large number of products including chocolates, mineral water, aerated drinks, alcoholic beverages, sea food products, etc are manufactured in Goa.
However, as the raw material is not available, it has to be procured from outside. Citing an example, Sangam Kurade said the tomatoes required for the tomato ketchup manufacturing plants are not available in Goa and are brought from outside.
The government departments involved in the seminar are Goa Directorate of Food and Drug Administration, Department of Industries, Trade and Commerce, Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited.
Director of Food and Drugs administration, Salim Veljee, added that the newly enacted Food Safety and Standards Act will also be taken up during the seminar so that manufacturers are educated about the new standards in food processing industry.
According to him, the provision to register small food processing units with the local panchayats will provide an opportunity for trained youth to be employed as food inspectors at grass root level.