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Centre notifies upgradation of premier food institutes

New Delhi, August 17: The Centre has notified the conversion of the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management at Kundali and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology at Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) into ‘Institutions of National Importance.

Minister for Food Processing Industries Pashupati Kumar Paras, said the institution of national importance tag will provide greater autonomy to these centres to start new and innovative courses and enable them to attract excellent faculty and students.

The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 was passed by the Parliament in the Monsoon session of Parliament.

Addressing media here, the Minister spoke on several development initiatives currently underway in his Ministry. They include 19 mega food parks across the country.

The primary objective of these parks is to provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market.

The Minister said 22 perishable items have been identified for value addition and supplement farmers income. They include Mango, Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Carrot, Cauliflower and among others, Beans.

The Centre in its budget for 2021-22 had announced the expansion of the scope of the “Operation Greens Scheme” from Tomato, Onion and Potato to 22 perishable products.