Food Processing
Sector Details
  Past Events

  • The size of the Indian Food Industry is estimated at Rs 8,80,000 crores (US $ 200 billion) in 2006-07
  • It contributes 9 per cent to the country’s GDP and is growing at 13.5 per cent against 6.5 per cent in 2003–04
  • It is the 5th largest industry in India
  • Globally India is the second largest producer of food next to China
  • India is the largest producer of milk in the world and home to the largest number of livestock.
  • India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, third largest producer of food grains and has the third largest output of fish.
  • India accounts for 25-30 % of the world’s spice production and is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices
  • The food processing has a share of 6 % in total industrial production and constitutes around 5 % of the total exports of the country
  • Employs more than 200,000 workers directly
    Attracted US$ 760.32 million as FDI between April 2003 and January 2009 and has investments worth US$ 23.5 bn in the pipeline over the next 3 years

Envisaging the future growth potential and the need to concentrate on critical issues the food processing sector is grappling with; FICCI formed a food processing committee in 2003. The Committee brings together all the stakeholders on a common platform to share their knowledge and vision for the industry.

    The Committee focuses on areas that have a significant bearing on the sector, such as:

    • Supportive Infrastructure - Focusing on systems to ensure backward linkages, addressing the impediments in the form of regulations at State levels and creating an enabling environment for drawing private investment so that it becomes the prime mover of the processed food revolution.
    • Fiscal Reforms - Recognizing the importance of demand creation in this sector through fiscal reforms and changes in the tax regime.
    • Regulatory & Legal Affairs - Need to change the approach to food laws and regulatory structure.
    • Capacity Building- Recognizing the need to enhance industry knowledge on international and domestic regulation and quality standards.
    • Trade Facilitation – Focusing on promoting Indian Food business locally and globally through various trade facilitation measures

    The committee on an on-going basis takes up issues that are current and relevant and have emerged as a rallying point for Indian food businesses to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach.


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