Conference on
Linking Prospective Food Entrepreneurs with Government Schemes & Markets

15 December, 2016, ICAR RC, Umiam, Meghalaya

About the event


“North East Region of India” comprises of contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura along with Sikkim is gifted with diverse agro-climatic conditions suitable for growing to various cash crops, fruits and vegetables. Agriculture is the main occupation for majority of the populace in this region and experts opine that horticulture is an important sector that is a major contributor to the economies of these states. Food processing industry especially agro-horticultural based has been identified as a thrust area of development. Fruits and vegetables, like banana, pineapple, orange, papaya, lemon, potato, sweet potato, tapioca chilies, turmeric, onion, ginger, bamboo shoot and jack fruit, have good marketing scope in this region if properly harvested, processed and packaged.

As of now there are only a few small scale food processing units operating in the region. The existing food processing units mainly produce like pickles, squashes & juices, jam & jelly and some other confectionary items most of which are sold within the region. Bulk of the regions demand for processed food is met by imports from other parts of the country.

Therefore, it is inherent to develop food processing industries in the region to utilize its vast potential of raw horticultural produce. Government of India is trying hard to bring change in the area through its various financial assistance schemes through various Ministries and State Governments. Some of the Union Government Ministries and departments having processed food related schemes in the North East region are MoFPI, MSME, DoNER, QCI, NHB, SFAC,

NERAMAC, APEDA, NABARD, etc. There is a lack of awareness about schemes among agro commodities producing groups and the prospective entrepreneurs. There is also lack of proper
hand holding for the perspective entrepreneurs. Perhaps this is one of the main reasons behind the low level of development of Food Industries in the North East region.

With this background, ASSOCHAM proposes to organize awareness program through Conference on “Linking Prospective Food Entrepreneurs with Government Schemes & Markets” at Meghalaya Institute of Governance, Shillong, Meghalaya. The conference shall be hosting speakers from states governments, NABARD, MoFPI, MSME, DoNER, NHB, SFAC, QCI, NERAMAC, APEDA, leading banks, etc. who shall be entailing their schemes in details. Post conference, KVKs and state governments shall be providing handholding to the perspective entrepreneurs for tapping financial and technical supports for establishing units.   

Objectives Of The Conference

  • To create awareness about Government (Union and States both) supported schemes/programs for the small/budding/tiny processed food entrepreneurs.
  • To extend hand holding to the budding entrepreneurs to convert them to beneficiaries of the Government schemes
  • To discuss overview of the processed food market with focus on opportunities for North-Eastern states
  • To bring Central Government, State Governments & other policy makers come together at a common platform and brainstorm the possibilities for development and growth of Food processing sector in the state.
  • To discuss key issues and challenges faced by the existing food manufacturers in the state.
  • To build networking and fruitful collaborations with other players from the industries and the government.
  • To Strengthen the Indian Food Processing Sector at State level so as to Strengthen the Competitiveness of small-holders in the state.
  • Encourage farmer-to-business and business-to-business interaction, which has the having potential for commercial opportunities benefiting small farmers.
  • Highlight the key role of banks in developing and strengthening the Agro Food processing Industry particularly for small farmers.

Focus Area Of The Conference

  • Food Processing
  • Agro Food Processing
  • Agri Business
  • Floriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Horticulture
  • Leather work
  • Bio- Technology Industries
  • Transportation
  • Handicrafts

Participants Profile

Institutions from where resource speakers would be invited

  • National Horticulture Board
  • Food Processing Industries / Industry / Agriculture / Horticulture Departments of States Governments 
  • Ministry of Food processing Industries, GoI
  • Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, GoI
  • Ministry for Development of North East Region
  • Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium,
  • Quality Council of India
  • Leading banks, etc.

Participants Profile

  • Tiny and Small Entrepreneurs
  • Farmer’s Producers’ Organizations
  • Self Help Groups
  • Progressive Farmers
  • Household Food Industry Owners
  • Existing Processed Food Entrepreneurs
  • Industry Captains
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra

NABARD and Other Leading Bankers

  • Youth from Rural as well as urban.
  • Growers association
  • Bank Clients
  • Consultants
  • Machinery Providers
  • Academic Institutions involved in imparting Food and entrepreurial trainings