Ministry of Food Processing Industries


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.[citation needed]

Ministry of Food Processing Industries
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Annual budget1,400 crore (US$180 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Agency executives
  • Pashupati Kumar Paras, Minister of Food Processing Industries
  • Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries
  • Smt. Pushpa Subrahmanyam IAS, Secretary Ministry of food processing Industries

List of MinistersEdit

No. Name Portrait From To Prime Minister
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

List of Ministers of StateEdit

Ministers of State For Food Processing Industries
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

Functions of the ministryEdit

  • Policy support and developmental
  • Promotional and technical
  • Advisory and regulatory

Goals of MOFPIEdit

  • Better utilization and value addition of agricultural produce for enhancement of income of farmers.
  • Minimizing wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by the development of infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro-food produce.
  • Induction of modern technology into the food processing industries from both domestic and external sources.
  • Maximum utilization of agricultural residues and by-products of the primary agricultural produce as also of the processed industry.
  • To encourage R&D in food processing for product and process development and improved packaging.
  • To provide policy support, promotional initiatives and physical facilities to promote value added exports

Roles of MOFPIEdit

The strategic role and functions of the Ministry fall under three categories:

  • Policy support developmental & promotional
  • Technical & advisory
  • Regulatory.

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:

Policy supportEdit

  • Formulation and implementation of policies for food processing industries within overall national priorities and objectives.
  • Facilitating the creation of a conducive policy environment for healthy growth of the food-processing sector.
  • Promoting rationalization of tariffs and duties relating to food processing sector.


  • Assistance under various plan schemes such as Mega Food Parks.[2]
  • Widening the R&D base in food processing by involvement of various R&D institutes and support to various R&D activities relating to development of product, process and packaging with special emphasis on traditional technologies.
  • Human resource development both for entrepreneurs as well as workers engaged in the food processing industry by up gradation of their skills.
  • Assistance for setting up analytical and testing laboratories, active participation in the laying down of food standards as well as their harmonization with international standards.


  • Assistance for organization of workshops, seminars, exhibitions and fairs etc.
  • Assistance for studies / surveys etc.
  • Publications and films.

Subjects of the MinistryEdit

  • Fruits and vegetable processing industry
  • Food grain milling industry like SOEI FOODS
  • Dairy products
  • Processing of poultry and eggs, meat and meat products
  • Fish processing
  • Bread, oilseeds, meals (edible), breakfast foods, malt extract, protein isolate, high protein food, weaning food and extrude/other ready to eat food products.
  • Beer, including non-alcoholic beer
  • Alcoholic drinks from non-molasses base
  • Aerated waters / soft drinks and other processed foods
  • Specialized packaging for food processing industries
  • Technical assistance and advice to food processing industry


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.[3]

Relevant agenciesEdit

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


  1. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ "Scheme of Mega Food Park". Archived from the original on 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  3. ^ Hashmi, Imran. "FSSAI". Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Retrieved 18 November 2012.

External linksEdit

  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries
  • National Horticulture Board
  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
  • Cashew Export Promotion Council of India
  • National Cooperative Development Corperation
  • Coffee Board of India