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Agriculture and food industry in
Bihar has the potential to reach
Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015, says a study of industry association Assocham.
"About 15 million tonnes of cereals comprising rice, wheat, maize along with a wide range of fruits and vegetables are produced in Bihar, attracting the global giants and brands in food and beverage segment that are vying to garner prominent share in the state's agro-food processing sector," says the study.
"Rapid development of logistical facilities and infrastructure in areas of processing, warehousing and storage, production and others through effective use of modern technology would further propel the growth and development of agro and food processing sector in
Bihar," Assocham secretary
general D.S. Rawat said in the report.
"Apart from facilitating import and export, cost efficient logistics management will help
Bihar in achieving the much needed competitiveness in
both domestic and global markets," said Rawat.
The agriculture and food processing sector in
Bihar employs about 80%
of the state's total workforce and contributes over half of the total gross
state domestic product (GSDP).
Considering the huge scope for large scale employment generation in the food processing sector, there is a need to impart organised training, promote skill development and placement for rural workforce which will benefit both the industry and rural folks, the study said.