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Centre nod to food study cradle

Those interested to learn the nitty-gritty of food processing would soon be able to enrol at an institution in the state to get a degree and pursue a career in the sector.

After the Centre approved creation of the National Mission for Food Processing (NMFP) in August, the state wrote to the Union ministry of food processing and industries, requesting it to set up a centre in Bihar where interested persons would be able to pursue BTech and MTech in food processing.

“The cabinet committee on economic affairs approved the setting up of the NMFP in August. It will be done in co-ordination with state governments in 2012-13 fiscal,” Arun Kumar Thakur, chief executive officer, Udyog Mitra (a wing of the industries department) told The Telegraph on Monday.

“The NMFP will help in keeping a balance between the agriculture plans and the development of the food processing sector. There is a plan to set up 10 educational centres to train those interested in food processing. State industries minister Renu Devi met her counterpart at the Centre and then wrote a letter, requesting that one such institution be set up in our state. The centre has approved it,” he said on the sidelines of a workshop “Industrial Policy, 2011, and Food Processing”.