Government planning national fisheries, soya, guar gum boards

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The government is planning to set up three new national boards in the next two months to promote fisheries, soyabean and guar gum processing, Food Processing Industries Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said Friday.

‘The ministry has already set up the National Meat and Poultry Processing and Indian Grape Processing Board,’ Sahai said, addressing an entrepreneurs’ meet here.

‘Now, the ministry is planning to set up the National Fisheries Processing Board, National Soya Processing Board and National Guar Gum Processing Board,’ he said at the meet on ‘Emerging Innovative Technologies for Competitiveness in Food Processing Sector’ organised by the ministry.

Later, speaking to the media, the minister said the process for creating these boards is on and the proposal would be sent to the cabinet.

‘The whole process will take about two months,’ he said.

Regarding the need for a national fisheries processing board, Sahai said: ‘Fishery is a huge sector with India having a coastline of over 8,500 km. We have (till now) not really focused on the coastal line. As of now, we are just exporting prawns. The new board will help boost more processing activities along the coastline.’

Soyabean, a highly nutritional food, had not been given priority for long which was why an exclusive board for this product is being planned, he said.

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