Food Processing

Odisha has 10 agro-climatic zones and 8 major soil types, which are favourable for production of variety of crops, vegetables, fruits and spices. In 2015-16, the Agriculture and allied sector have contributed about 17% to the Gross State Domestic Product.
   
State has recorded 25.92% of growth in the food grains production to 105.27 lakh MTs during 2014-15 over 2013-14.
   
State has a long coastline of 480 km with continental shelf area of 24,000 sq. km along the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is endowed with rich marine water reserves, perennial rivers and substantial water bodies.
   
Odisha is the 9th largest producer of fish and the 4th largest producer of shrimp in the Country. Total fish production in the State during 2015-16 was 5.21 lakh MT.
   
Odisha is also a leading producer of milk. Total milk production stood at 19.39 lakh MT during 2015-16.
   
Odisha is India’s leading producer of Cereals like rice, maize; Pulses like arhar, moong, black gram; Oil Seeds like groundnut, sesame, mustard & sun flower; Fibers like cotton, jute, mesta & coconut; Spices like turmeric, ginger, chilly & garlic. Odisha has also significant production of vegetables like sweet potato, potato, onions & tomato and fruits like Mango, Pineapple, Papaya, Jackfruit and Tamarind. However, the Food Processing Industry in Odisha is yet to exploit full potential of all these agro-horticultural produce.   

As per a study, Odisha has the potential to attract investment of USD 33 billion in next 10 years and generate employment to 9 million persons. The food processing sector has a potential to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11%.

Food Processing sector has been considered one of the priority areas for investment.