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PLAN OF ACTION

TRAINING PROGRAMS/WORKSHOPS ETC || FBMI NEWSLETTER || DIRECTORY OF MEMBERS || MEMBERSHIP || SPECIAL ALLOCATION OF WHEAT FOR BREAD INDUSTRY || MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO POPULARISE BISCUITS || EXPORT PROMOTION & TECHNOLOGY UPGRADATION || OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES || STANDING COMMITTEE


TRAINING PROGRAMS/WORKSHOPS ETC :

Training Program in Biscuit Manufacture, the XIVth in the series organized by our Federation, was held at Gurgaon from25-28March 2003. For highlights of topics of the XIV training program together with technical papers please refer to the link : “Technical Papers” Besides this, FBMI has Propose to organize training programs / workshops on HACCP / GMP jointly with AIBMI and SIB. The federation has submitted an application for assistance to the Ministry of Health, for organizing 4 days Training Program/Workshops (on Zonal Basis) for the Executives as well as Supervisor,Technologist,Skilled Workers in the Biscuit industry on HACCP/GMP/GHP. The formulation of the training manual copies & selection of faculty etc is being finalized. The first programmed is proposed to be held in New Delhi in December 2003.

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FBMI NEWSLETTER :

In order to disseminate relevant and important information/legislation/amendments etc in food laws, other Govt notifications on taxation, pollution control, industrial relations, exports, besides other relevant information/data, sourced through various newspapers, magazines, technical papers etc, the Federation has decided to publish FBMI NEWSLETTER, a quarterly-journal for December 2003 / January 2004.

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PROFILE OF MEMBERS :

The List of Members of FBMI, which is now printed in-house on computer, can be also printed in a book-let form, containing Profile of Biscuit Industry, brief on the activities and services by FBMI, list Executive Committee, Past Presidents, etc, and with update information on all members including phone/fax/eamail / website etc.

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MEMBERSHIP :

Presently, FBMI has membership strength of 75 companies including 15 Associate members.

An analysis of the entire gamut of the issues involved, indicate that the strengths and weaknesses of a commodity organization, and for that matter, any Industry organization like FBMI, are inter-linked with its members. The quality of services rendered and result oriented activities undertaken, their utility to the members in particular and the industry in general, will in turn benifit the members, and help to achieve growth and development of biscuit industry in India.

With the objective in view, the Zonal/State Conveners and sub groups have been re- activated. An important tool for dissemination of information, publicity of FBMI and its member companies, including Associate-members, is to establish FBMI’s Website on the Internet. While this will be beneficial for FBMI and its members, investment requirements etc needs to be considered.

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SPECIAL ALLOCATION OF WHEAT FOR BREAD INDUSTRY :

The Executive Committee of FBMI is pursing representations in 2001 submitted for special allocation of wheat at subsidized price for the bread industry of the Ministry of foods, P D S, Government is burdened with huge stocks of wheat more than 20% of which is damaged / wasted incurring heavy losses running into lakhs of metric tonnes of wheat and on the other hand, prices of maida have been regularly swinging upwards, eroding the competitive capabilities of the Bread industry which is a low profile and high volume process, presently able to utilize only 40% of the installed capacities.

In the absence of favorable response from the Ministry of Food & PDS, even as the Ministry of Agriculture had forwarded our plea to them, our federation has sought support on the issue from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, which initiated action and took up the issue with the Ministry of food and P D S. Shri A N P Sinha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries convened a meeting on 19 May 2003 with FBMI, along with other Associations of Food Products and allied areas, and discussed the following issues relating to the mechanism / guidelines for making subsidized allocation of wheat t our industry :-

  • Reasons / justifications for special allocation of food grains on reasonable concessional rate to various industries.
  • Modalities / mechanism of implementing such suggestion if accepted by Government viz mechnism.
  • System of Monitoring.
  • Any other related matter.

During discussions, Shri A N P Sinha desired the FBMI to submit detailed scheme justifying Special Allocation of wheat at subsidized prices and highlight suggestions for formulating a mechanism / modalities and scrutinize application from individual Bread units in the country by FBMI, and recommend allotment of wheat on the basis of compliance of certain parameters after ascertaining the genuineness of the quantity of wheat applied for and ensure proper utilization. FBMI has suggested that allotment can be screened by the federation based on the production / sales pattern and consumption of wheat / maida for the last three years. FBMI has submitted our detailed view points and specific suggestion on the mechanism and monitoring to Shri A N P Sinha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI seeking subsidized allocation of wheat to our members preferably at the prices fixed for exporters of wheat and wheat products.

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Food & PDS with a view to evolving a comprehensive scheme. FBMI Delegates meet Shri Sanjay Kaul, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food & PDS. The Government has agreed in principle to make subsidized Wheat to Biscuit to manufacturers for the purpose of exports of Biscuits through FBMI. The Notification in this connection is awaited.

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MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO POPULARISE BISCUITS :

In these times of stiff competition and erosion in the competitive capacities of biscuit manufacturers, specially on account of low profit margins and idle capacities and consequent saturation/decline of annual growth in the industry as also the meager per capita consumption of biscuits in the country (around 1,8 kg), FBMI propose that effective and concerned action need to be planned and implemented by organizing:-

Media Campaign to popularize Biscuit as a nutritious health food for all sections and age-groups of the Society, more particularly for the low income and lower middle class consumers, children, as a comparatively cheap, hygienically produced and packaged processed food, and that the biscuit industry with annual turnover of Rs.3500 Crores, which provide employment to millions of workforce directly and indirectly, and utilize agri products i.e. principally wheat, of which millions of tonnes are lost/damaged every year in the warehouses due lack of space, age, rodents, pilferage etc.

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EXPORT PROMOTION & TECHNOLOGY UPGRADATION :

While taking concrete steps to increase biscuit production and achieve better expansion of the domestic consumer base. The fedreation feels, it is equally vital to enhance exports of biscuit, particularly in semi-urban & rural areas which is presently a low key activity.

With the objective it is proposed that overseas markets potentials of biscuits be studied in depth and as a first step in this direction the desirability of mounting a trade delegation of members is being considered, particularly in the exports to the neighbouring countries, middle-east, south east Asia, Europe etc.

On the other hand, Biscuit units in India, more so small scale and medium manufacturers, who have the potential to graduate into large scale units, are however, at a disadvantage due to obsolete technology/machinery, processing system etc. In order assist such biscuit companies to acquaint themselves with the latest technology, machineries etc, FBMI has organized visits to important International Trade Fairs viz IBA 2003, ANUGA (in Germany) etc. Such combined visits under the auspices of FBMI, will be cost effective and better organized. FBMI Delegations obtained support and cooperation from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassies concerned, as also counter-part industry organizations/Chambers of Commerce. Besides interactive sessions/workshops are being planed in various regions of the country, jointly with CFTRI, AgricultureUuniversities, IARI, Food Technologist’s organizations, Amercian Institute of Baking, and other reputed International Institutes/organizations on all aspects of quality, safety, hygene in manufacturing, processing, baking, fortifications (with Vitamins, Minerals, Soyabean, Peas Bran etc.), ingredients, emulsifiers, additives flavours, Food Laws, etc.

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OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES FBMI IS ACTIVELY PURSUING:

  • Finalization of Integrated Draft Food Act harmonizing the plethora of existing multiple legislations such as PFA, Standards of Weights & Measures, BIS, etc, which is presently before the Cabinet Sub Committee.
  • Formulation of the draft Food Processing Industry Policy, by effective follow up with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, with the objective of achieving accelerated growth & development of our industry. Similarly, applications of member Companies for financial assistance/grant, pending with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries are also being followed up for expeditious sanctions, enabling biscuit manufacturers to undertake expansion / technology upgradation and to set up new units.
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STANDING COMMITTEE :

Standing Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President and immediate Past Presidents, and committee members has been constituted, with a view to take necessary decisions in regard to organizational / administrative and policy issues, to advise the Executive Committee on such matters and implement decisions of the Executive Committee, and for that matter, meet more frequently to monitor and guide the various activities and services by FBMI, and to take necessary decisions in this regard. The Standing Committee will ensure efficient functioning of the Federation and improvements in the services rendered and activities undertaken by FBMI.

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