In this video, I am going to talk about 13 reasons why YOU should pursue food technology in India.
These reasons are purely based on statistics(based on reports by IBEF, APEDA, MOFPI)
The 13 major reasons why you should pursue Food Technology In India are as follows -
Reason #1 – Growing Population.
The current population of India is 135 crores and it is increasing at a rapid rate. To feed each person, India needs people who are skilled in handling, processing and producing safe, hygienic and nutritious foods.
Reason #2 – Arable Land.
India is the 2nd largest country right behind USA in terms of the most arable land i.e. the land which is suitable for growing crops. More arable area means more agriculture produce and that leads to more opportunities for food technologists to process, produce and research on different crops, fruits and vegetables.
Reason #3 – Change in Lifestyle.
Rise in per-capita income, consumer awareness and demand for nutritious food is driving the demand for processed food in India. A report by IBEF (Indian Brand Equity Foundation) says that consumers spent USD 1 trillion on food in 2015. Now, how crazy is that!
And it is expected to reach 3.6 trillion by 2020. That means in almost 5 years, it will be tripled.
Reason #4 – Largest Producer of Milk
India is the largest producer of milk in the world, with production of about 146.3 million tonnes in 2015. Due to this fact, the dairy sector has a lot of potential for employment of dairy and food technologists.
Reason #5 – 2nd largest producer of Fruits & Vegetables
According to a report by the APEDA (Agricultural & Processed Food Products Development Authority), India is the 2nd largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world. Also, the government is expecting that the processing in this sector will grow by 25%, by the end of 2025.
The increment in processing sector is directly indicating the growth in the expected demand for agriculture engineers and food technologists.
Reason #6 – Meat & Poultry
India is the largest producer of buffalo meat (1.4 MT in 2015) and the second largest producer of goat meat (0.91 MT in 2015). India is also the second largest egg producer (78.4 billion) and third largest producer of broiler meat (4.2 million tonnes in 2016), globally.
Now this data clearly tells us that there is a huge demand of meat in India as well as abroad and food technologists are going to play even more significant role in providing safe and hygienic meat-based products to the consumers.
Reason #7 – Grain Processing
India produces more than 200 million tonnes of different food grains every year. Total food grains production reached 270.10 MT in 2016 (As per Ministry of Agriculture). Now again, this indicates tremendous opportunities for someone who wants to pursue a course in agriculture/post-harvest/food technology.
Reason #8 – Contribution to GDP
The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and ranks fifth in terms of production, consumption and exports. As per the data available, food processing sector reached USD258 billion in 2015, according to MOFPI.
In 2015, food processing industry constituted 14% to India’s GDP through manufacturing.
Reason #9 – Employment Generation
Food processing sector has generated a lot of opportunity and employment for a lot of individuals. And according to the MOFPI, by 2024, food processing sector is expected to employ 9 million people in India.
Reason #10 – Exports of Processed Food
During 2011–16, India's exports of processed food and related products (inclusive of animal products) grew at a CAGR of 11.74%, reaching USD16.2 billion.
Reason #11 – Distinct Competitive Advantage
India’s comparative advantage lies in its favourable climate, large agriculture sector and livestock base, long coastline, and inland water resources.
Apart from that, India also has an edge in cost of production compared to its competitors in Asia and the developed world.
Reason #12 – Entry of International Companies
Liberalisation and growth of organised retail have made the Indian market more attractive for global players.
With a large agriculture sector, abundant livestock, and cost competitiveness, India is fast emerging as a sourcing hub of processed food. Danone, Nestle, Kraft Foods, Mondelez International, Heinz are some of the major international players in food processing market in India.
Reason #13 – Rise in demand of Indian Products in the International Market
IBEF ppt –
fresh fruits and vegetables data by apeda –
Sanjeev Sharma’s PowerTalk AFSTI –
Please watch: "What Is Food Safety & Why You Need to Know About It?"