'Agro Business Synergy - Focus North Bengal' Organized
Department of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises in collaboration with Departments of Agriculture, Agri Marketing, Food Processing & Horticulture, Animal Resource Development, Food & Supplies, Fisheries, Biotechnology, North Bengal Development Department, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority, Government of West Bengal in partnership with CII & Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) organized two days ‘Agro business Synergy – Focus North Bengal’ on 18-19 May 2017 at Siliguri. Around 435 entrepreneurs participated during the event from 8 districts of North Bengal. At the event, there were dedicated Help Desks of 8 districts, food processing & horticulture, fisheries, agriculture, floriculture, bio technology, tea, meat & poultry, paddy processing unit, maize, cold chain and financial service for one to one interaction with the concerned department officer. P Ravichandran, Chairman, CII National Task Force on Cold Chain Development & President, Danfoss Industries during the ‘Agro Business Synergy- Focus North Bengal’ pointed that North Bengal suffers 20-22% post-harvest loss due to the lack of connect between farmers and market. Hence he felt it was important to have pack houses for enhancing the value of farm produces. He also mentioned that it was important that the region should have state-of-the-art facilities for grading, sorting, packaging and branding, which would really add value to the agri and horticulture produce from the region. Linkage with the right market was equally important.