Hyderabad: IT and Industry Minister KT Rama Rao stressed the need for a food processing policy and a logistics policy to promote the food processing industries that will guarantee farmers’ financial empowerment and youth employment opportunities in the State.
He said these policies have been reviewed by the Council of Ministers along with incentives provided by other states as well as other countries, and have come up with proposals to provide subsidies and incentives to improve the state food processing industry.
The meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by Minister KT Rama Rao was held here on Wednesday to discuss food processing and logistics policies apart from the preparation of the necessary guidelines at Pragathi Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, following Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao ‘s revolutionary initiatives, Rama Rao said that lakhs of acres in the state were freshly brought into cultivation under the Krishna and Godavari Rivers.
He pointed out that crops being cultivated in each village, mandal and district were mapped across the state for detailed agricultural operational details.
“With the development of new irrigation projects and subsequently increased cultivation area, the production of paddy, cotton, maize, pulses and spices in particular increased significantly after the establishment of the State,” he added.
The Minister claimed that there has been a substantial increase in sheep numbers and fish production due to the introduction of the sheep and fish distribution schemes.
He said the state was undergoing a water revolution, and was witnessing another Green Revolution (agriculture), followed by the Blue Revolution (fisheries), the Pink Revolution (meat production) and the White Revolution (milk). “Although the State has experienced an rise in crop production, we do not have the capacity to process them in full. There is a growing need to support the food processing industry, “he said.
The meeting was attended by Minsters S Niranjan Reddy, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Koppula Eeshwar and Satyavathi Rathod, Vice President of the Telangana State Planning Board B Vinod Kumar, Chief Advisor of the Government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretaries and senior officials. (INN)