Hyderabad: The Telangana government Monday decided to prepare an action plan to promote food processing in the state in a big way. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who held a meeting with officials on food processing, said appropriate statistical data pertaining to food and agriculture sector was not available which needs to be dealt with, a release from his office said.

"In the backdrop of the discussion held in the review meeting, it is decided to prepare an action plan on food processing. The CM described it as a beginning of revolution in food processing and let us make it a success," a release from the CM's office said.

Rao felt that there was a need to effect a change in certain traditional habits of farmers and study the advantages and disadvantages of every farmer preferring same crop (in a particular geography), it said.

He said greater results could be achieved if the farmer was brought into the organised sector. "The state need to be divided into crop colonies; the entire crop produced by farmer shall be sold on demand; through the food processing units proposed to be established by the state government, branded unadulterated products should come out and farmer should prefer a crop in a regulated manner," Rao said.

The meeting was basically not for taking a decision right now across the table but only to come to an understanding on issues connected to food processing, he said. Unfortunately, he said, in the absence of appropriate statistical data it was becoming difficult to take decisions.

"We need data on the amount of rice produced, fruits produced, domestic food needs of people etc," Rao said.  It was unfortunate that there is not enough of demand for Indian agriculture products in the international market, he said.

"Efforts are to be made to overcome this. Every village shall produce the vegetables required for that village. This culture has to be promoted. The surplus to be supplied to the urban areas," Rao said.

The states economic growth was excellent as it has been registering consistently an average 17.01 per cent growth rate during the last four years, Rao said. "The CM said that during the next five years the government would spend Rs 10 lakh crore and hence we should grow more," the release said. (PTI)

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