Jammu and Kashmir is truly place where nature displays its beauty in full glory. Government aim to increase the private-enterprise of Jammu and Kashmir food processing sector and increase the availability of Low-cost food. The practice of garden Cultivation and management serves as a major economic boost for the development of state as well as for the country. The food industry here offers a large amount of job opportunities. the main food processing strengths in Jammu and Kashmir are fruits, species, dry fruit processing products and Jammu and Kashmir ranked first in production of apples, walnuts and cheery. Jammu and Kashmir exported $945 million worth of fresh and dry fruits during the year 2016-17. Jammu & Kashmir Government has established various agencies for promoting food processing products as well as for the industry and the industry holds huge potential for growth by 2022 . And The Jammu and Kashmir is the highest fair fruit producer and fruits are produced providing prospective entrepreneurs an opportunity to tap into part. The state has 162 registered food processing units by its Government . the rich produce of fruits and vegetables is a great input for food industry and food processing ministry of Jammu and Kashmir increased the investment for the same year by year. Many Indian and foreign companies have shown interest in acquire food industry.
The state have a huge potential for the development of food processing industries. The food processing industries of this region mainly consist of fruits, vegetables, ready-to-eat food items, dairy, meat, poultry, etc. Jammu, Kishtwar, Baramulla and Kupwara are the production clusters for paddy, whereas Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian are known for production of walnuts and Kulgam, Badgam, Baramulla and Anantnag are best known for production of apples. Jammu, Anantnag, Rajouri and Poonch are famous for milk production. Establishing food parks will help in linking agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers so as to ensure maximising value addition, minimising wastage, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities, particularly in the rural sector. The major food processing clusters in J&K are located at Jammu, Budgam, Pulwama, Kathua, Srinagar, Anantnag, etc. Agricultural crops like Rice, Wheat, and Maize are some of the major crops produced in the state. Walnuts and almonds are the major dry fruits produced in the state. The state is the highest temperate fruit producer. Various fruits like Apples, Cherries, Pears, Plums, and Apricots etc. Jammu and Kashmir Food processing industry holds huge potential for growth. The business skills in food processing have best practices as there are 6000+ bakeries and manufacturing, food safety, packaging, marketing, budgeting and planning as well as increased access to inputs , new markets and collaborations of trade associations with food industry can play a remarkable role in providing the state’s food needs.