Gangtok: (IPR) A Food Technology Conclave to generate awareness about new and low-cost food processing technology was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here in the capital today. The programme had the presence and participation of Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, Shri H.K. Sharma, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, Mr N. Jaswant, ICC Bengal Chapter, Shri Nishant Mittal, HoDs of line departments, FPO members, representatives from Sikkim Organic Mission, entrepreneurs and students from Institute of Hotel Management.
The conclave was an effort to sensitize farmers, stakeholders, enhance the number of food processing units, awareness of new technologies in food processing and to inform entrepreneurs about various schemes on food technology on behalf of Indian Chamber of Commerce pertaining to the development of industry in food processing section introduced in the state of Sikkim.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, has entrusted the Indian Chamber of Commerce to organize Conclave which will act as an opportunity for entrepreneurship, farmers and women to explore their chances in Contract Farming Sourcing, Processing, Value Addition, Distribution and promotion of food processing sector of Sikkim.
Secretary, Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Sikkim, Shri H.K. Sharma in his address said that the main objective of the mission is to sensitize the various schemes to people in the rural areas. He also touched upon the subject of providing cold storages in the State as Sikkim produces seasonal foods which only last for 2-3 months. He concluded his address by stating that the State must work rigorously to produce more organic products to give an opportunity for youths, farmers and entrepreneurs of Sikkim.