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  • Without the manpower development to farmers, technicians, and scientist, it may not be possible to achieve the growth in vision, 2020. Women occupies higher percentage in farmers, production of fruit & vegetables etc. Special thrive must be given to women in the capacity building to generate employment through SHGs, Societies etc. So far 647 persons were trained, of which Women Constitutes more than 70%.
  • The Central Agricultural University, Imphal, has been in touch with the State Govt. in the agro-horticultural production. R&D and is still required their role in the R&D on processed food products.
  • Upgrading the skills of human resources already employed through periodic training.
  • The food Processing Training Centre (Single line), Porompat, Imphal East

             Training in various food processing fields are required, for farmers, technicians and Scientists to involve in the growth of this sector.

Department of Commerce & Industries, Manipur, therefore, plans to initiate the following actions:

  • Design a curriculum for skill development programmes in consultation with the concerned Departments.
  • Explore the possibility of collaboration with Banks and Financial Institutions etc. raise the funds required to run large-scale skill development programmes.
  • Prepare a blueprint for running a campaign in mission mode for training at various levels of workers for the food processing sector with the involvement of educational institutions, private and public vocational training institutions, industry, NGOs, etc.
  • Collaborate with Skill Development Mission up to ITI level to focus on food processing sector.
  • Framing of a separate Policy of Processing Industries Policy.
  • Examine desirability of tax holiday to all food processing units.
  • Examine the feasibility of according 100 percent depreciation benefit for infrastructure projects in the sector from first year onwards.
  • Examine desirability of rationalization/lowering of duties of custom, excise and VAT on food products and raw materials for food products and machinery used in the food processing industry including packaging.
  • Examine desirability of continuation of all the existing tax benefits in the future GST regime.
  • Work towards setting up a venture capital fund for the food processing sector with participation from NABARD, IDBI, SIDBI and other banks, private sector, etc.
  • Examine desirability of according the status of SEZ to Food Parks / Mega Food Parks.
  • Framing of a separate Food Processing Policy in Manipur.
  • Integrated Cold Chain having the Components in 11 Centres:
  • Minimal Processing Centre at the farm level including weighing, sorting, grading, waxing, packing, pre-cooling. CA/MA Cold Storage, normal storage and IQF.
  • Mobile pre-cooling vans and reefer trucks.
  • Distribution hubs with CA/MA Chamber/Cold Storage/Variable Humidity Chambers, Packing facility, CIP fog treatment, IQF and blast freezing.
  • Modernization of Abattoirs                  –          setting up in PPP mode.
  • Human Resource Development           –          upgradation of existing Single line
-         Food Processing Training Centre into a Multiline Training Centre by introducing Diploma courses in Food Processing technology, EDP/Training FPI sector Awareness programme etc.
  -         S. Kula Women’s College, Nambol, Bishnupur District, introduced a course on Food Processing Technology with the assistance of Ministry of FPI, GOI, under Manipur University.
  -         ITI, Imphal East & West is also introducing Diploma Course on Fruit & Vegetables preservation under World Bank assistance.


  • Implementation of HACCP/ISO 2000, Food Safety and Quality Management system.
  • R&D in foods and process food sector in Universities and other institutions
  • Setting up of Food Quality Control & Testing Laboratories. (1 one) under Indo-Myanmar Border Trade, 1 (one) in the Food Park at Nilakuthi and 1 (one) at Food Processing Centre Complex, Porompat, Imphal East.
  • Implementation of Quality of Street Food at Imphal City.
  • Setting up of new FPI Units, Modernization/Upgradation of existing Units.
  • Establishment of Integrated Cold chain, value added Centre, Packaging (Minimal Processing Centre at the farm level having. Weighing, Sorting, grading, Waxing, Packaging, pre-cooling, CA/MA Cold Storage, normal Storage and IQF, Mobile Pre-cooling vans and refer trucks, Distribution hubs, Processing Centres, Collection  ……. etc.).

Creation of a Food Processing Information Systems (FPIS) is very important initiative by the Ministry to link will all the States and their Food Processing Units. A website of the Department of Commerce & Industries, Manipur, is going to launch shortly which is fully supported by Food Processing Industries Division of the Department. Creation of FPIS is amount with the support of the Ministry.

  • Central to bear all the costs for establishment of Food Processing Information System (FPIS).

Food safety and quality is very important issue in the World today as Food consumed by human being is concerned with health. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 is a step forward towards this. The State Govt. is considering to set up three time Food Safety and Quality Control measures through establishment of 1 (one) Food Testing Laboratory at Moreh under Indo-Myanmar Border Trade, 1 (one) at Food Park at Nilakuthi, and 1 (one) at Food Processing Training Centre, Complex, Porompat, Imphal East. The 1st one is to check the food infiltrations from Myanmar and south Asians Countries (International level), the 2nd one is to ensure food safety and quality of the processed food products by FPI units (Regional level) and the 3rd one is to give awareness/training to the entrepreneurs/FPI units and general public about the food safety and quality control in general (Local Level).

    • To setup 3 (three) Quality Control Laboratories, Moreh – International/National Level, Food Park at Nilakuthi at Regional Level, Food Processing Training Centre, Local Level.
    • A huge fund is required to match the assistance of the Central Government.
    • Implementation in PPP mode.
    • Creation of Technological posts on Food Processing Industries/Food Technology and appointment.
    • Short-term training programme on various food products in all parts of the State is required.
    • Pilot projects for packaging/labeling for unorganized sector for food processing units may be set up in various of rural areas of the State.
    • Common brand may be developed by in the form of re-labeling license.
    • Establishment of food clusters for different foods in different areas may be set up.
    • Setting of a Pilot project for Small & Cottage scales.
    • Establishment of a dedicated Financial Institution for Food Processing Industries
    • Public Private Partnership Agency may be set up.