The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises today play a key role in the economic development of every country. Since they serve as a breeding ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, their development is of utmost importance for a country’s economic growth.
Recent studies have shown an enormous contribution by the MSMEs towards Indian GDP. With the advantage of being a highly heterogeneous sector, it helps promote the industrialisation of rural and backward areas alike, thereby, reducing regional imbalances. It also helps in generating significant employment at very low cost. MSMEs make an impressive contribution to the socio-economic development of the nation. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that the Government of India is bringing in more and more schemes to promote MSMEs at large, like the Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP), National Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (NMCP), ASPIRE, SFURTI to name a few.
One of the many promising sectors that these enterprises involve in is the food processing sector, which contributes to almost 1.5% of the country’s GDP. Of more than 6000 products manufactured by the MSMEs, 14.26% come under the food products and beverages sector. Since food is one of the vital requirements, this sector will remain indispensable and will become more demanding with time. Newer technologies, easy-to-learn methods, low cost infrastructure, availability of easy techniques to the less literate masses and sustainability hold key to making any technology in this sector, viable and long lived. In a fast paced era, with technologies becoming obsolete in a matter of few months, there is a constant requirement for innovation in every field. It is well known that one of the major challenges faced by the MSMEs is the low technology level and limited access to modern technology.
CSIR-CFTRI with its enviable R&D prowess has made a laudable effort in this direction. It has been our Institute’s wisdom to promote technologies that are modern, yet, easy to replicate by the rural masses. Food processing is one of our core areas in which our innovations have made visible impact in the market. CSIR-CFTRI has made immense contribution towards the growth of MSMEs and in turn to the country’s economy by technology transfer, consultancy projects and short term training programs and awareness workshops.
We have innumerable technologies at CSIR-CFTRI that can be easily adopted by the MSMEs. These are mainly in the areas of fruit and vegetable processing, grain processing, baking, packaging, traditional foods, protein foods, spices and flavours etc. Companies can buy these technologies and relevant support will be provided by the Institute. Industries can also avail our pilot plant facilities for a nominal rent. The Institute has also recently launched an incubation facility towards encouraging entrepreneurs to have start-up ventures in the areas of nutraceutical and functional foods. The facility aims at supporting innovative ideas for a said period by making available its latest tools, infrastructure and expertise.
In an attempt to reach out especially to one of our regular business customers, the MSMEs, in a much easier way, we have created this business site. This will enable direct interaction of CSIR-CFTRI with MSMEs in the area of food processing. By this, we hope to bring the entrepreneurs, scientists, subject experts, marketers and end consumers closer. The initiative is expected to strengthen the bond between this premier R&D institute and the community at large. We hope you will find it useful.
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