The Grand Challenge for ‘Innovation in Food Processing’ has been launched by the Telangana Food Processing Society, during the first edition of the Food Conclave 2023 which concluded on a high note with participation from over 100 top CEOs and entrepreneurs representing the food and allied sectors. The Food Conclave in Hyderabad also generated investments worth over INR 7000 Cr.
The Grand Challenge for “Innovation in Food Processing” calls upon startups and innovators across Telangana and India to build solutions for
- Development of Machinery
- Integrated tech platform for storage and payment
- AI/IOT based real-time godown monitoring
- Traceabiilty to monitor commodity quality
- Bio-Degradable post-harvest packaging
The aim of the challenge is to identify, through the grand challenge, unique propositions from startups and innovators in the areas of plant machinery, quality check, storage and go-down monitoring of various commodities. The challenge aims to map innovations to enhance the rural food processing businesses, Telangana State Food Processing Society (TSFPS) Director Akhil Kumar Gawar revealed.
Some of the focus areas are spices, millets, cereals & pulses, red chilli and turmeric.
Highlights of The Grand Challenge for ‘innovation in Food Processing’
Agriculture Minister, of Telangana emphasised on the need for innovation in the agriculture and food processing sectors to make Telangana a leading exporter at global level.
Director of TSFPS Akhil Kumar Gawar said the Grand Challenge was a collective effort of TSIC and TSFPS to identify unique propositions from startups and innovators across India in the areas of plant machinery, quality check, storage and godown monitoring of various commodities.
Chief Innovation Officer Shanta Thoutam said the Telangana State Innovation Cell was nurturing innovation across the State by spearheading impact driven initiatives. The objective is to ease the start-up-procurement process by the government and enhance the standards of local food processing businesses by inculcating innovation, he added.
Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, NITI Aayog Member Ramesh Chand, ITE&C Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and senior officials from various departments were present.
Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao unveiled the poster of the ‘Innovation in Food Processing – Grand Challenge’, inviting startups and innovators across India.