Topic: Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
5. Discuss the Scope and Significance of Food Processing Industries in India. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is straightforward from the static portions of GS paper III.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the Scope and Significance of Food Processing Industries in India.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
The food processing industry in India is increasingly seen as a potential source for driving the rural economy as it brings about synergy between the consumer, industry and the farmer.
To start with, explain the importance of food processing industry. Food processing activity is still at a nascent stage in India with low penetration. List down the importance of food processing industry – Holds the potential of reducing enormous wastage of agricultural produce in the absence of processing technologies and cold chain facility, is labour-intensive industry, lead to increase in farm income etc. Discuss the conditions favorable for food processing. Highlight the importance of it.
Conclude with significance of it to Indian economy.