The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is a ministry of the Government of India responsible for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to food processing in India. The ministry was set up in the year 1988, with a view to develop a strong and vibrant food processing industry, to create increased employment in rural sector and enable farmers to reap the benefits of modern technology and to create a surplus for exports and stimulating demand for processed food. The ministry is currently headed by Pashupati Kumar Paras, a Cabinet Minister.
|Jurisdiction||Government of India|
|Annual budget||₹1,400 crore (US$180 million) (2018-19 est.)|
|13||Giridhar Gamang||1987||1990||PV Narasimha Rao||Indian National Congress|
|14||Tarun Gogoi||21 November 1990||26 June 1991|
|15||Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo||26 June 1991||6 March 1993|
|16||L. K. Advani||16 May 1996||1 June 1996||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|17||H. D. Deve Gowda||1 June 1996||6 July 1996||H. D. Deve Gowda||Janata Dal|
|18||Dilip Ray||6 July 1996||21 April 1997|
|20||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||2001||2004||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|21||Subodh Kant Sahay||22 May 2009||22 May 2011||Manmohan Singh||Indian National Congress|
|22||Sharad Pawar||19 January 2011||26 May 2014||Nationalist Congress Party|
|25||Harsimrat Kaur Badal||26 May 2014||17 September 2020||Narendra Modi||Shiromani Akali Dal|
|26||Narendra Singh Tomar||18 September 2020||7 July 2021||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|27||Pashupati Kumar Paras||7 July 2021||Incumbent||Lok Janshakti Party|
|Minister of state||Portrait||Political party||Term||Days|
|Sanjeev Kumar Balyan||Bharatiya Janata Party||26 May 2014||9 November 2014||167 days|
|Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti||9 November 2014||30 May 2019||4 years, 202 days|
|Rameswar Teli||30 May 2019||7 July 2021||2 years, 38 days|
|Prahlad Singh Patel||7 July 2021||Incumbent||1 year, 89 days|
The strategic role and functions of the Ministry fall under three categories:
It is concerned with the formulation & implementation of policies and plans for all the industries under its domain within the overall national priorities and objectives. Its main focus areas include—development of infrastructure, technological up gradation, development of backward linkages, enforcement of quality standards and expanding domestic as well as export markets for processed food products.
The Ministry acts as a catalyst and facilitator for attracting domestic & foreign investments towards developing large integrated processing capacities, by creating conducive policy environment, including rationalization of taxes & duties. It processes applications for foreign collaborations, Export Oriented Units (EOUs) etc. and assists/guides prospective entrepreneur in his endeavour.
Post liberalization, it has approved a large no. of joint ventures, foreign collaborations, industrial licenses and 100% EOU proposals in different food processing areas and has taken major policy initiatives to facilitate an accelerated growth of the industry. The functions of the Ministry can be broadly classified as follows:
Earlier the regulatory responsibilities of MoFPI were to implement Fruit Products Order (FPO), However, by the enactment of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, these regulatory responsibilities are transferred to Food Safety Authority of India, New Delhi which is under control of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
For achieving its objectives, the Ministry, apart from various Ministries of the Government of India like Agriculture, Industry, Commerce and Health interacts with various State Governments through their Ministries / Ministry of Food Processing Industries or nominated nodal agencies which are responsible for implementing programs relating to this sector in the concerned State Governments.
The Ministry also interacts with various promotional organizations like