Why Uttar Pradesh?
Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India's most populous state, as well as the world's most populous sub-national entity. It is the second largest state economy in India. U.P. occupies a prominent place in the agriculture sector in the country as the state is blessed with large tracts of fertile land and suitable climate which can support a variety of crops. However, in spite of being one of the leading producers of many crops, fruits and vegetables, the infrastructure for post harvesting and processing is quite inadequate. As a result, there is huge wastage in the sector and thus not only reduces the income level of the farmers but also affects the state economy adversely.
The Govt. of U.P. is, therefore, keen that food and agro sector should be provided with adequate post harvesting and modern processing facilities. Recently, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has come up with a new Food Processing Policy in the state in line with the National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries of Government of India to boost the growth of Food Processing sector. This would not only reduce wastages but also result in greater value realization for farmers. This provides immense opportunities for the food processing industries as it is one of the largest producers of farm commodities in the country and the largest producer of vegetables, wheat, maize, sugarcane, potato and milk.
With this in view and particularly having considered the potential of the food processing industry for diversification and commercialization of agriculture, employment generation in rural and urban areas, value addition and export possibilities, the State has identified the Food Processing and Agro Based Industry as a thrust area.