In order to promote Commercial Agri Enterprise(CAE)s the State Government is mulling for a Single Window Clearance Authority, which will help out the Agricultural Entrepreneurs in a big way.
While there is a Single Window Clearance Authority for Industrial Projects, similar facilities are not available for Agri Enterprises. Though the State Government has set up APICOL on the lines of IPICOL, however such clearances are not made available through APICOL.
So it has been mooted that Single Window Clearance of all CAEs are to be given green signal chaired by an authority headed by Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC).
Similarly creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for priority financing in Agri Business Sector is also harped on as commercial banks are shying out to finance Commercial Agricultural Enterprises in general and Food Processing Sector in particular.
Gagan Kumar Dhal, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) chaired a meeting organized here to make concerted efforts to promote Food Processing Industries in the State here today.
Principal Secretary MSME Laxmi Narayan Gupta, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Manoj Ahuja, Director Agriculture, Hari Ballav Mishra, Director Horticulture Srikant Prusty, Managing Director APICOL, S S Dey and other senior officials attended the Meeting.
Detailed discussion was taken up as to how APICOL, MSME and National Mission Food Processing (NMFP) will work cohesively for promoting Food Processing Units in the State.
Similarly there are Policies on Agriculture, Food Processing, Industry and MSME Development, which are needed to be converged in such way that it will help out the entrepreneurs and they will be able to reap benefits announced by the State Government.
As there are a number of differences in the Policy Interventions, desired results are not achieved, admit officials.
Neighboring Andhar Pradesh has taken convergence of various Policies for promoting Agri Enterprises and major investments in the Food Processing Sector is percolating to the state.
Similar exercise is needed for Commercial Agri Enterprises, admit officials. While there is huge potential for investment in Food Processing in cereals, millets, pulses, oilseeds, spices, sugarcane and fruits and vegetables, these are needed to be tapped.
During last 16 years APICOL has promoted 4799 CAEs with an investment of Rs.153.42 Crore.
However much more investments will be roped in as there is huge potential in the Food Processing Sector with Convergence Policies and Reforms in APICOL, pointed out experts.
In order to facilitate Agro Based Food Industries the use of Government owned land including Agriculture Farms is needed to be given on long term lease basis at concessional rates.
Linkage of Agri Entrepreneurs to Markets and Market Facilitation is needed with OASM Board, Municipal Corporations and Urban Local Bodies are needed to be moved for creating necessary support.
Special Investment Cell at APICOL and adequate manpower deployment is needed for promoting such activities, pointed out experts.
Creation of Branding in Food Processing is needed and sales promotion both at National and International level will help out the Agri Entrepreneurs.