Immense possibilities for Meghalaya in food processing says Union Minister

Shillong, Sept 24: Union Minister of State for Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Jal Shakti Prahlad Singh Patel today inaugurated a two-day North East Summit on Food Processing Opportunities in Shillong, Meghalaya with an aim of building partnerships for inclusive growth in the food processing sector.
“They say that a good beginning does half of the work. PM Modi’s vision was ‘Not Look East, But Act East.’ Today I acted on this motto starting from Meghalaya and I realized that this State has immense possibilities that are yet to get into the path of development,” said the Union Minister.
Patel stated that three important factors form the base for success – information, connectivity and communication and that the food processing sector is also dependent on these factors.
He cited the example of how producing a product at a place where it can also find its purpose can lead to a successful venture and added that the industry itself has the power to generate employment and also aid in profit generation for the organisation, the State and the entire nation.
“Government of India has come up with schemes to aid the distribution of products,” he informed adding that the only concern is being able to clearly articulate the issues or challenges faced during processing.
“We should discuss the issues properly and only then we can succeed. Discussion paves way for success. We all have the power of thinking and the strength to face any challenge that comes up,” said Patel while addressing the gathering at IIM Shillong.
While speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Union Minister paid tribute to former President of India Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who delivered his last speech at IIM Shillong.
During the event, successful entrepreneurs from different parts of the region shared their endeavours and challenges about their journey including the well-known Arunachal Pradesh-based Wine Brewer, Tage Rita and Manipur’s Proprietor of Meira Foods, Shubra Devi.
IIM Shillong Director, Prof. DP Goyal, Members of the North East Council, Khadi Gram Udyog, Experts, Entrepreneurs and dignitaries from different walks of life were also present at the event today.
A number of technical sessions are lined up for the two-day summit where experts from different fields will be delivering lectures. The summit is aimed at building partnerships for inclusive growth in the food processing sector in the region.