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FDI will facilitate Food processing and E commerce sectors

Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan

Recently Government of India allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct investment in Food processing and e commerce sector in the country. This will pave way for spectacular growth in food processing, e commerce, digital marketing, retail, logistics and Agri business sectors in the Country.. In order to facilitate e commerce in agriculture sector decision to amend APMC act was taken during the budget 2016-17. This will help the farmers to trade their produce through online with more return on investment. Decision to implement 100 percent FDI will promote education and career in food processing, e commerce, entrepreneurship, agribusiness, retail, logistics, supply chain and management sectors in the country.

 There are umpteen opportunities in food processing sector across the globe.Deamand for Ready to eat and Ready to cook products is increasing day by day. Women are not confined to the kitchen but are working. So their designation is getting changed as home managers. Under graduate programmes in food processing is an important career oriented course in the country. National Institute of Food technology and Entrepreneurship Management, Haryana, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, TKM Engineering College, Kollam, GB Pant University are some of the premier institutions offering B.Tech Food technology/Food Processing programme. Selection in National institutes is through Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (Main) and in State Universities are through Engineering Entrance examinations.B.Tech graduates can do Post graduation in Food technology from India or do MS from abroad as part of graduate programme. United States is one of the potential destinations for graduate programme in food processing sector.GRE and TOEFL/IELTS are required for getting admission to any of the Graduate Schools in USA.

Under graduate programmes in e commerce includes BBA, B.Com, MBA and PGD in e commerce. Graduates can do MBA in Entrepreneurship and E commerce or PGD in e commerce.

Agribusiness management is an emerging sector in the Country. National Institute of Extension Management(MANAGE), Rajendranagar, Kerala Agriculture University, GB Pant University, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Indian Institute of Managements, etc are some of the institutions offering MBA in Agri Business. MBA in retail, Supply Chain and Logistics Management are some of the courses which can provide better employment in e commerce, agribusiness, supply chain and retail sector.

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