The Gujarat government is planning to set up infrastructure for non-vegetarian food products. During the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in January 2017, the government plans to seek private investment to set up an egg-powder manufacturing plant and state-run fish farms.
These two are among 200-odd projects that the state government plans to showcase at the event, scheduled to be held at Gandhinagar from January 10 to13. Gujarat is India’s third largest fish producer and ranks 11th in egg production.
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Sources said the government envisages a manufacturing unit for whole egg powder, egg yolk powder and egg albumen powder. These powders are used in making crackers, cookies, pastas, mayonnaise, sauces, among other products.
The preferred location for this unit could be Anand or south Gujarat as most poultry farming activities take place in these areas. The government, it is learnt, also plans to set up state-run fish farms on the PPP model in Anand.
“There is a perception that Gujarat is a vegetarian state. Over the years, food habits of Gujaratis have changed and many now eat eggs and chicken. This is evident in the number of non-vegetarian food joints that have come up in Ahmedabad. Any business venture related to eggs or fish will find takers,” said Bhagyesh Soneji, chairperson of ASSOCHAM Gujarat council.