In an attempt to boost the food industry, the government maps products exclusive to the districts | India News
The agriculture ministry under the approach of ‘One district, one product’ (ODOP) has finalized 135 unique district-specific products for 728 districts throughout the country, identifying each of them with certain agricultural, horticultural, animal, poultry, milk or seafood.
Although there are some familiar district-product combo names on the list, such as Nagpur oranges, Sangli grapes, Muzaffarpur litchis, the full list dedicates 60% of the total 728 districts to fruits (226 districts), vegetables (107) and spices (105). In contrast, food grains such as rice (40), legumes (16) and wheat (5) found a place in a fairly small number of districts throughout the country, although they are widely produced.
It can be attributed to the need for processing and support that the listed products may require to add value, taking into account brand building and export promotion of local products. The list of products has been finalized after receiving input from the states and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), focusing on existing pools and the availability of raw materials.
“These products will be promoted in a cluster approach through the convergence of central government schemes to increase the value of products with the ultimate goal of increasing farmers’ income,” said Shubha Thakur, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, on a note. to the main secretaries / administrators of the states.
These products identified at the district level will be supported under the PM Formalization of Food Processing Microenterprises (PM-FME) scheme, which provides incentives to promoters and microenterprises. The scheme adopts the ODOP approach to reap the benefits of scale in terms of the acquisition of inputs, the use of common services and the commercialization of products.
“Consequently, state governments are asked to plan for the implementation of the program that can benefit farmers and provide support to realize value-added expectations and subsequently improve agricultural export,” Thakur said.
In addition to the popular mix of district products, the complete list at the state level shows the names of products that may not be known abroad, but have been very popular locally due to traditional use and the businesses around them.
“Product identification has also been done with a focus on planned crop diversification in mind. If you look at the list for Punjab and Haryana, you won’t find the two most popular food grains, rice and wheat, among farmers. The list mainly includes horticultural products that require help to create a strong supply chain and processing / storage infrastructure, ”said another official.
The Delhi list shows a focus on bakery, ready-to-eat and milk-based products, while the Mumbai list mentions seafood, Bengaluru has poultry and bakery products, and Hyderabad has ready-to-eat snacks.
The PM-FME scheme, launched as an “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” package last year, will also carry forward TOP’s existing ‘Operation Green’ plan (tomato, onion and potato) to the total (all fruits and vegetables) by extending the support to producers. of such crops.