Q. Consider the following statements regarding Indian Food processing sector:
1. India enjoys a ‘competitive advantage’ in food processing sector.
2. National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) was launched as a centrally sponsored scheme to tap the potential food processing sector.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

India enjoys a ‘competitive advantage’ in food processing sector given its huge production base of a number of agricultural, dairy, fishing and horticultural items.  

  • To ensure that this sector gets the stimulus it deserves, the MoFPI has been implementing a number of schemes for infrastructure development, technology up-gradation and modernisation, human resources development and R&D in this sector.  
  • In the context of the 12th Plan, it is felt that there is a need to decentralise the implementation of schemes through involvement of the states/UTs for better outreach, supervision, monitoring and ensuring job creation.  
  • Accordingly, National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) was launched as a centrally sponsored scheme in 2012.  
  • The NMFP contemplates establishment of a National Mission as well as corresponding Missions at the state and district levels. 

Source: TMH Ramesh Singh