According to the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Agriculture the export of value-added potato products needs lime light in India for which there a complete cold chain facility needs to be created which will further be beneficial for the Indian potato exporters
IT was further suggested that technology should be another focus area as it transfers from multinational firms operating in the country and also called for a strong partnership with the private sector and industry associations in bringing in investments into the sector.
Highlighting the potential of the Organic Potatoes processing industry and assisting the ,it was suggested potato chips and potato-based products occupied almost 85 per cent share of the organised $3-billion Indian snack market, which was growing at the rate of 15.20 per cent. The unorganised sector’s share is roughly $1.5 billion and was currently growing at a rate of 7-8 per cent.
The challenge was greater now as climate change would most certainly lead to higher average temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, and more frequent extreme events, multiplying the threats to sustainable food security.
According to the experts of the industry the country’s immediate emphasis should be on creation of post-harvest infrastructural facilities, such as collection and grading centres, washing facilities, packing, refrigerated vans, etc. Cold storages can be set up on the basis of public-private partnerships, where the State Government may provide land and the private party would invest the necessary funds.