The Manipur team is headed by Thongam Biswajit Singh, state minister for textiles, commerce and industry, and accompanied by P Vaiphei, principal secretary, textiles, commerce and industry

Imphal: In order to tap the huge potential of the state in organic food products, especially in food processing sector, a high-level team of Manipur government has reached Paris in France to participate in SIAL 2018, which is regarded as the world’s largest food innovation exhibition, on Tuesday.

The Manipur team is headed by Thongam Biswajit Singh, state minister for textiles, commerce and industry, and accompanied by P Vaiphei, principal secretary, textiles, commerce and industry. The team is taking part in the exhibition as part of the Indian delegation led by Union minister of state for food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur.

Minister Biswajit Singh wants to take up the food processing industry in Manipur with renewed interest and with more government intervention, especially with the state’s abundant natural resources and agri-horticulture products. “On one hand, this will enable the state’s farmers and entrepreneurs to achieve economic sustenance and better livelihood, on the other, it prevent wastage encountered due to lack of cold storages, food processing infrastructures, latest technologies and know-how,” a government press release said.

The minister also expressed his desire for better economic utilisation of the state’s salubrious climate and fertile soil to produce more agri-horticulture products based on scientific and modern methods while focusing on the vast potential of organic farming. He further stressed on the quality of fruits like pineapples, oranges and lemons, which are much higher in juice content and far better in taste than those found elsewhere.

He also reiterated the huge potential of U-Morok (ghost pepper), which can capture a niche market, as much as Chak-hao (black rice), which has gained tremendous popularity and preference to most of the visitors to the state.

The department of trade, commerce and industries has already started preparations for taking up natural salt production in Manipur which will provide a healthier option at a lower cost when compared to other renowned brands that are available in the market in the state.

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