EDII has created 450 start-ups in the food processing sector in Karnataka

Bengaluru, December 20, 2016: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training and Institution Building, has enabled 450 individuals to become entrepreneurs in various businesses related to the food processing sector in the state of Karnataka. Since 2003-04, EDII has been actively involved in conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) on behalf of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and National Mission on Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India in various parts of the country.

EDII has provided EDP training to over 800 persons in Karnataka since 2003-04, and about 450 of those trained have set up their own micro or small scale business in the vast food processing sector across Karnataka. These 450 odd units have generated employment for 1200 persons in Karnataka. EDII has created 5,500 entrepreneurs in the food processing sector across 23 states and they have in turn generated employment for over 19,000 persons. 

Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director of EDII said, “India is the world’s second largest producer of food and has the potential to acquire the number one status with sustained efforts. The growth of this industry will bring immense benefits to the economy, raising agricultural yields, enhancing productivity, creating employment, and raising life-standards of a large number of people across the country, especially in the rural areas. Given the thrust of the Government of India on the food processing industry, it is imperative that new entrepreneurs are motivated and trained to take up the challenges of the emerging opportunities in the sector.” 

Elaborating on the focus of EDII on new enterprise creationin food processing sector, Prof. S. B. Sareen, Faculty &Head-Centre for SMEs & Business Development Services said, “Since2003-04, EDI has been actively involved in conducting EntrepreneurshipDevelopment Programmes (EDP) in various parts of the country – to date around450 EDPs were conducted across 23 states. Results of conducting these EDPs havebeen extremely encouraging as large numbers of EDP trained entrepreneurs havestarted their own businesses as well as production units.” 

The enormous growth potential of this sector can beunderstood from the fact that food production in the country is expected todouble in the next 10 years, while the consumption of value-added food productswill also correspondingly grow. India with arable land of 184 million hectares,produces 140 million tons of milk per year (highest in the world), 250 milliontons of fruits & vegetables (second largest), 512 million livestock(largest), 257 million tons of food grain (third largest), 9.58 million tons fish(third largest), 3.8 million tons of poultry meat a year (third largest) and65,000 million eggs (second largest). 

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