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Employment Generation in FPI Sector

The data for registered manufacturing sector including food processing sector is brought out by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation through the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) and for unregistered/unincorporated enterprises through National Sample Survey (NSS). As per the Annual Survey of Industries 2018-19, food processing sector was ranked 1st in total number of persons engaged in the manufacturing sector. The details of employment in registered food processing sector for last three years were as under;

S. No. Year Employment (figures in lakh)
1 2016-17 18.53
2 2017-18 19.33
3 2018-19 20.05

 Source- Annual Survey of Industries, MoSPI

In addition, as per the 73rd round of NSS (July2015 to June 2016), 51.11 lakh persons were engaged in unincorporated food processing sector.

          The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, through the various component schemes of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) provide financial assistance for the overall growth and development of food processing sector. Under PMKSY, 582 projects have been completed till 31.1.2022. Grant-in-aid of Rs.3836.76 crore have been approved and Rs.3544.62crore have been released for these projects. Under the completed projects, 180.58 LMT of processing/ preservation capacity has been created. The Ministry also implements the Prime Minister’s Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme, providing financial, technical and business support for upgradation/ setting up of 2 lakh micro units. The PM-FME scheme is implemented on a One District One Product (ODOP) basis. A Product Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme is being implemented wherein incentives based on sales is provided to create global food champions. Segments of food industry with high growth potential like marine products, processed fruits & vegetables, Ready to Eat/ Ready to Cook products including millet based products, and mozzarella cheese are covered for support. Financial support is also given to small & medium enterprises (SMEs) for organic/ innovative products. The scheme has a component of support for branding and marketing abroad.

The Government has put in place a liberal and transparent policy for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) permitting 100% FDI under the automatic route. Also 100% FDI, under Government approval route, is permitted for trading, including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India.

This information was given by Minister of State for M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Rajya Sabha

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