Food processing in the State is at a nascent stage. Various reports suggest that there are around 1500 food processing units operational in the State. An overwhelming majority of these units are micro and small units engaged in production of tomato sauce, juices and concentrates, jams and jellies, papad, pickles, grain milling etc.
The agro-climatic conditions of the State are conducive for commercial cultivation of large varieties of fruits, vegetables,flowers and medicinal and aromatic plants. Plantation and Horticulture is one of the important sub sectors of Agriculture having ample scope for expansion in the state of Jharkhand.
Different kinds of fruits are grown in Jharkhand. The crops grown in Jharkhand are Mango, Litchi, Stone fruit (Peach), Citrus (Lime/Lemon), Awla and Papaya in fruits, Chilli, Turmeric and Ginger in spices, Rose, Marigold, Gerbera, Carnation and Gladiolus among flowers, Lemon grass, Palmarosa and Rosa damascena in aromatic plants, Cashew, Coconut in Plantation crops.
Promotional Support to Food Processing Industry under Jharkhand Industrial Policy 2012
? Promotion of setting up of new cold chain/cold storage or upgradations of exisiting facilities will be aggressively promoted under National Horticulture Mission for Horticulture produce whereas non- horticulture products like meat and poultry are covered under National Mission on Food Processing.
? No Mandi Fee (Market Fees) will be charged on notifies agriculture produce purchased for use as raw material from outside the State by the Food Processing Industries.
? Entrepreneurship Development Programmes will be promoted and conducted with focus on the State‘s Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Biotechnology & Agribusiness Management .
? Since Food Processing Industry is a seasonal industry, all units in Food Processing Sector will be eligible to get relief from minimum electricity charges during the non-seasonal period
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