“In times such as now when both husband and wife work outside, a majority of the peo-ple prefer ready to eat food. This offers immense potential in the food processing industry,” said Managing Director of Food and Biotechnology Consulting Services (FO-BICS), M G Byndoor in the city on Tuesday.
He was speaking at a seminar on `FOBICS Escort Services to Food Processing Industry,’ jointly organised by Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and FOBICS to mark its first anniversary at the Institution of Engineers.
He said that although there were vast opportunities in the food processing industry, there was a need for consultancy firms to support bio technological food research institutions. The contribution of CFTRI in this regard is laudable. However, there was still a need to create competitive market for such products, he added.
Indian farmers have a misconception that organic farming would decrease productivity. In fact, 80 percent of farmers in Italy have converted into organic farming which has only enhanced their production. We need to adopt Israeli model of rain harvesting to tackle shortage of water.
– Dr N Muthukumar Chairman, CII, Mysuru
Speaking at the event, FKCCI, Bengaluru, Chair-man, Sudhakar S Shetty said that there was an increase in food shortage in the country owing to decrease in cultivation of food grains. A large number of farmers have taken up cultivation of commercial crops which has led to rise in price of food grains and other commodities. Thus, to fulfill shortage of food grains there was a need for better utilization of food research technology for development of good food, he added.
He added that research on food and agriculture in the universities should benefit the common man. Though the state government is providing many facilities to boost agriculture, the farmers have failed to utilise them. The belief that grow-ing of food grains does not yield profits is deeply rooted in farmers. Whereas, farmers if they use advanced technology to grow food crops and engage in multi-cropping can earn huge income, he noted.
However, to create better understanding between farmers, food manufacturers and consumers, there is a need for consultancy services. The Indian food market has failed to adopt food consultancy ser-vices to enhance consumer satisfaction. Unless farmers, traders and consultancies participate, the food production industries cannot register good growth, he stressed.
A S Satish, President, MCCI, Jayanth of CII, Srishaila Ramannanavar, Secretary of MCCI, Directors of FOBICS, Dr N G Malleshi,T R Prabhu, A Ramesh, Dr N G Karanth and others were present.