State has great potential in food processing: CM

There is immense potential in Chhattisgarh to work in the sectors of food processing, value addition of forest minor produce and medicinal plants including in areas where Naxalites are active, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday.

The Government will extend all assistance to NGOs interested in working in Naxalite areas in these sectors, he said.

The Chief Minister was addressing ‘Pan IIT Global e-Conclave’ from his official residence office through video, an official statement said.

While interacting with Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh, Baghel said that with 44 percent forest cover in the state, there are ample resources of minor forest produce and medicinal plants.

Horticulture, agriculture and flora which have demand outside the state can also be taken up, he said. The value addition can generate employment to locals.

The Chief Minister also spoke about the steps taken to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, ensure employment opportunities through different schemes, opportunities to prepare ethanol from rice besides challenges on the Naxalite front. Baghel highlighted the hosting of Buyers-Sellers Meet for promoting agro-based industry. The state government has urged the Union Ministry of Aviation to establish cargo transport facilities from Raipur.

The statement said the Chief Minister highlighted the flagship programmes like Godhan Nyan Scheme and Suraji Gaon Yojana linked schemes.