Ministry of Food Processing Industries
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Investment in Food Processing Sector

Posted On: 15 MAR 2022 12:50PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) for augmenting processing/preservation capacity, creating off-farm employment, leveraging domestic investment and increasing value addition to the economy.  Recently, the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme has been launched for creating global food champions through incentivizing investment in the food processing sector and creating employment. The Pradhan Mantri-Formalisation of Micro Enterprises (PM-FME) scheme is also being implemented since 2020-21 which aims at upgrading/ formalising 2 lakh micro informal units and creation of 9 lakh employment. The government has permitted 100% foreign direct investment(FDI) under the automatic route.

The total FDI received in the food processing sector since April 2014 till December 2021 is US$ 5.15 billion. Also through 582 completed projects under various component schemes of PMKSY, Rs. 8562.92 crore of investment has been leveraged as on 31.01.2022.

Food processing sector is a labour intensive sector. As per the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) 2018-19, food processing was ranked 1st in total persons engaged in manufacturing sector. The top five manufacturing sectors with number of persons engaged were:

 

S.No.

Sector

No. of persons engaged (in lakhs)

Share in total employment in %

1

Food Products

20.05

12.32

2

Textiles

16.73

10.28

3

Wearing Apparel

11.97

7.35

4

Basic Metals

11.49

7.06

5

Motor Vehicles, Trailers & Semi Trailers

10.95

6.73

 

Total

162.80

 

Source: ASI 2018-19

 

(d):      Number of units and employment in registered food processing sector for last three years as reported in the ASI data were as under: -

 

Sl. No.

Year

No. of units

Employment (figures in lakh)

1.

2016-17

39,740

18.53

2.

2017-18

40,160

19.33

3.

2018-19

40,579

20.05

 

In addition, 51.11 lakh number of persons were engaged in the food processing sector in the unincorporated sector/informal sector, as per the National Sample Survey 2015-16 report.

This information was given by Minister of State for M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha today

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