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Pilot projects to set up renewable energy run cold chains soon

According to reports, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) will soon start pilot projects on setting up cold chains run on renewable energy options like solar and biomass, a top ministry official said today.

“We are planning with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to start about five pilot projects of running cold chains on solar energy or biomass,” MOFPI Secretary Rakesh Kacker told reporters here.

Speaking on the sidelines of the National Food Safety and Quality Summit organised by industry body CII, he added that a study is being conducted on the practicality of the project and its findings will come in the next six months.

That apart, Kacker said the Ministry in consultation with food processing industries is trying to establish a mechanism of self-regulation for the industry.

“Quality Council of India (QCI) has been asked to conduct a study on creating an organisation that will function as a self-regulating body for food processing industries. We will receive the study in the next 6 months,” he added.

The government will bear the initial costs of setting up the body but finally it should be an industry driven organisation, which will look at the various regulatory and self-regulatory standards in the country, Kacker said.

“This body will be voluntary in nature and will not be run by the government. In fact such a system will help the industry in creating world class food safety standards and will ultimately benefit the industry,” he added.

The two-day summit will deliberate on enforcement of Food Safety and Standards Act and Regulations, 2011 Act, driving upgradation of Indian food processing sector by sharing benchmarks and best practises to make the sector globally competitive.

Sensitisation on the global developments in food safety and quality and to improve engagement of industry with farmers will also be discussed.

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