New Delhi,16 may:Keeping in mind the fact that origin of food processing lies in the culinary tradition of various communities, carried forward by their women folk, this Ministry recognizes contribution of women in food processing. Since ages, women are traditionally engaged in food processing activities pickles, papad-making, nuggets etc. Schemes operated by this Ministry are aimed at providing facilities and incentives for promotion of food processing industry in the country. These schemes are project oriented and not State, area, community, caste or gender specific. The Ministry has decided to conduct a study of the gender implications of food processing industries and its potential for improving livelihoods of women.
The Ministry has selected Centre for Market Research & Social Development, New Delhi for conducting Survey-cum-study to prepare an Integrated Gender Action Plan pertaining to Food Processing sector. The study will also lead to developing the required standards and parameters on the basis of which the units can be certified as complaint with these requirements. The study will suggest a process of certification and accreditation of the units, which comply with these standards.
The beneficiaries of projects assisted by the Ministry are those supplying raw materials to food processing industries, people working in food processing plants and those engaged in marketing activities downstream. Although the benefit accruing to women from these schemes has not been quantified, however, instructions have been issued for guidance in the Ministry that projects and programmes submitted by women should be considered for assistance on priority basis. Under the HRD scheme priority is accorded to SC/ST/OBC and women groups while sanctioning FPTC and EDP training programmes.