Demand for NIFTEM in Odisha; CM writes to Union Food Processing Minister

Bhubaneswar: In view of the fast growing agro-food sector in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote a letter to Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal demanding establishment of the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) in the State.

In the letter, the Chief Minister stated that Odisha, which has a huge potential for food processing sector, is not only surplus in production of rice but also has substantial output of maize, horticulture produce, and spices like ginger, turmeric and sea food items.

A food park is already operational at Khurda with certain popular food processing units like Britannia, Indo-Nissan, ITC Ltd, Parle Agro and Coca Cola India, he said.

“The MITS Mega Food Park at Rayagada is ready to commence its operations and the Sea Food Park at Deras near Bhubaneswar is at an advanced stage of execution,” Patnaik said adding Eastern Nutriments Ltd is also in the process of developing another food park at Ramdaspur near Cuttack.

“In view of the fast growing agro-food processing sector, there is an imminent need for setting up of a National Institute of Food Processing in the state. I would, therefore, request you to consider sanctioning of a NIFTEM in Odisha,” Patnaik said in his letter.