The size of the food processing industry in India has increased from US$ 57 billion (INR 2,736 billion) in 2004 to US$ 75 billion (INR 3,600) in 2007. India is the largest producer of several fruits, such as banana, mango and papaya, and the second-largest producer of vegetables such as brinjal, cabbage and onion. Further, India is the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugar and cotton. India is the second-largest producer of fruits (50 million tonnes) and vegetables (100 million tonnes) in the world (2007-08). India is the largest producer of milk in the world.
By 2015, the Indian food industry is estimated to grow by around 40 per cent over 2007. Two key factors are expected to drive this growth include the socio-economic changes across India's population base and evolving lifestyle trends, such as the emergence of nuclear families, increasing health awareness and growing exposure to international markets
The Indian food processing sector has the potential to become an outsourcing hub for the world by 2012. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is committed to the sector and has announced various incentives and schemes to support new ventures.
The food processing industry, accounting for 32 per cent of the total food market, is one of the largest industries in India, and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.Sectoral Presentation (November 2010)
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