Union minister of state for food processing industries, Rameshwar Teli on Monday said that the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) has huge potential for organic farming.

He also said that a mini food park would soon be established in the region.

The Union minister visited Kokrajhar on Monday and had a meeting with BTR chief executive member Pramod Boro to discuss the prospect of the food processing industry in the region.

“The BTR has great potential for organic farming. As a step forward, a mini food park will be set up in the region. The viability of setting up food processing industries is also being considered,” said Rameshwar Teli.

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Teli also discussed different schemes under the ministry of food processing industries like the Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme, etc.

“Under these schemes different options are being provided to farmers and entrepreneurs, which can be implemented in the region,” Teli said

Later the minister visited the department of food processing technology of the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) at Kokrjhar and the department of biotechnology of the Bodoland University.

BTR chief Pramod Boro said that the Union government’s support to endeavours of BTR government in taking local food products of Bodoland to the global level will benefit thousands of farmers.

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at: rinoymasscom@gmail.com