Shankaraiah N;Abstract Agro Processing

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Shankaraiah N;Abstract Agro Processing

  1. 1. Abstract AGRO PROCESSING FOR EFFECTIVE AGRI BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Shankaraiah, N and Dr.B.K.Narayana Swamy P.G. Student, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Extension UAS, GKVK, Bangalore-65 Email: shankar_mnks@yahoo.com Agro-processing is now regarded as the sunrise sector of the Indian economy in view of its large potential for growth and likely socio economic impact specifically on employment and income generation. Almost all the seven F’s like food, feed, fibre, fuel, fish, forest, fodder commodities go through a number of post harvest processing operations such as cleaning, grading, separation, drying, storage, milling, processing, packaging, transport and marketing before it reaches the consumers. There is a great diversity of agro processing worldwide and in some countries it accounts for more than 60% of the employment. Further, some estimates indicated that in developed countries, up to 14 per cent of the total work force is engaged in agro-processing sector directly or indirectly. The agro processing is turning primary agricultural products into other commodities for market has the potential to provide opportunities. Practical Action's agro processing aims to increase income and access to food for the poor, by establishing small-scale, appropriate and sustainable processing businesses that are flexible, require little capital investment and can be carried out in the home without the need for sophisticated or expensive equipment. However, there are a number of constraints that limit the further development of small-scale food processing in developing countries.The private sector is yet to realize its full potential in the food-processing sector, as the market is still to explore. To catch the huge market for processed foods, an efficient marketing system is necessary to bring about demand-driven production. It can reduce wastage, enhance food security, improve livelihoods for low-income groups and empower women.

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