Entrepreneurs and NGOs attend seminar on food processing unit

A power point presentation on NMFP guidelines in progress at NBRC hall Dimapur on Wednesday. (Morung Photo)

DIMAPUR: State Mission for Food Processing, Department of Industries & Commerce on Wednesday organised a seminar cum awareness programme on National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre conference hall Dimapur where hosts of entrepreneurs and NGOs attended the programme.
NMFP is a central scheme aimed at increasing the level of food processing, reduction of wastage, value addition, enhancing the income of farmers as well as increasing exports in the food processing sector. Under the scheme, the central government provides grant-in-aid for establishment of food processing units as well as technology upgradation and expansion of existing units in the country.
Eligible organisations include governments, PSUs, joint ventures, NGOs, cooperatives, SHGs etc while eligible sectors include fruits and vegetables, milk, meat, poultry, fish products and other agri-horti sectors. The pattern of financial assistance is 50% grant-in-aid, 10-20% bank loan and 30-40% promoter’s contribution subject to a maximum of Rs 1 Crore for northeast states.
Addressing the gathering, Director of Industries & Commerce, Keneilie Angami pointed out the need to have good relations with banks which were becoming reluctant to provide loans as many Nagas were insincere in repaying loans. He said many entrepreneurs tend to take bank loans as free money and fail to repay the amount. Deputy Director, Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Khrielie Peseyie said the government was serious to help genuine entrepreneurs and urged them to come up with agro-based industries.
Power point presentations on NMFP guidelines and FSSAI were delivered during the programme.