Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2016)
Growth of food processing industries and its future potentialities: a case study on Hooghly district, West Bengal
Author(s): Sharmistha Sarkar, Sujit Maji
Abstract: Food processing industry gradually becomes one of the major industries which play an important role to upgrade the rural economy, it simply takes raw agricultural, horticultural and animal products and transforms them market oriented, more attractive and long lasting food products. Due to favourable climatic condition and fertile landscape India has a potentiality to become the food bucket of the world. After the green revolution, agricultural production was rapidly increased and India got self sufficiency in food production. Though there is a never ending debate between the agriculture and industry about their interdependence but this particular industry linked these two sectors of economy in a chain. The linkage is supply of raw food product like rice, wheat, potato, onion, sugarcane and other vegetable which creates backward demand from farm sector to produce non traditional agro based products in the industrial sector. This paper is mainly concerned about the potentiality of food processing industry in Hooghly district as most of the favourable conditions for the growth of this industry are already present here not only that this industry can become a important weapon to protest against unemployment, which become a major problem all over the India. The paper also takes an initiative to highlighting the problems and prospects of this industry in Hooghly district as the Government also interested to develop the economy by fostering this industry.