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The Food Processing sector in India is one of the largest in terms of production, consumption, export and growth prospects. Apart from providing vital linkages between industry and agriculture it creates synergy between the two and has potential for providing jobs in far flung areas of India. Moreover it is well known fact that a significance proportion of the agriculture produce get wasted during transition from place of production to consumption as well as during storage. Realizing significance of Food processing sector, Ministry of Food processing Industries, Government of India has accorded priority to its development with a number of schemes for Infrastructure development, fiscal relief and incentives. Through all these measure, efforts are to encourage commercialization and value addition to agriculture produce, minimize post harvest wastage, generate employment and boost exports of processed food.

Recently, the trend has been towards increasing integration and collaboration across players in the value chain, to garner mutual benefits. Such integration is being driven by the manufacturers, who are looking to integrate backward and establish linkages with both raw material producers and aggregators/ logistics providers.

Advantages of Backward Integration

Backward integration brings in the following benefits for organizations:

•    Increased control over the production segment.
•    Cost control along the distribution process & competitive advantages.
•    Differentiation-effective leveraging of opportunities.

In the view of the above points, there is a need of meeting all the stakeholders on a periodical basis in different locations – regionally or nationally to have a better understanding and importance of backward integration and set objectives and timelines to address the issues to have a very efficient backward integration in the food processing sector. Therefore, ASSOCHAM is proposing a National Conference on “Strengthening Backward Linkages in Food Processing” on May 29, 2017 at Hotel Sheraton Grand, Bengaluru.

The conclave will focus on the food processing sector in India with a view of strengthening backward integration by meeting the following objectives:

•    Establishment of a sustained and lasting linkage between the farmers and the processors based on mutual trust and benefits by utilizing the existing infrastructure of cooperative, village panchayats and such other institutions.
•    To provide a platform for exploring business prospects/ opportunities in all verticals of the sector.
•    To abreast the business world in general and delegates in particular about emerging opportunities for investment in food processing sector in India.
•    To bring in the food processing industry and growers in close connect with each other and to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
•    To discuss the prospect of Food Processing and opportunities available in the respective states.
•    To provide enabling platform for networking to strengthen Food retail & increasingly linking farmers to market.
•    To create networking among R&D institutions, Corporate sectors, NGOs, FPOs, and SHG (Self Help Groups).

•    Strengthening Backward Linkages
•    Popularizing E-NAM Initiative of the Government among Food Processing entrepreneurs
•    Training to the farmers and making them aware about use of new technologies
•    Special focus on Logistics
•    Increase awareness of quality and safety
•    Focus on the infrastructural development
•    Strengthening of the cooperative business model