Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Annual budget1,400 crore (US$180 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Agency executives
  • Pashupati Kumar Paras, Minister of Food Processing Industries
  • Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries
  • Smt. Pushpa Subrahmanyam IAS, Secretary Ministry of food processing Industries

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is a ministry of the Government of India responsible for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to food processing in India. The ministry was set up in the year 1988, with a view to develop a strong and vibrant food processing industry, to create increased employment in rural sector and enable farmers to reap the benefits of modern technology and to create a surplus for exports and stimulating demand for processed food. The ministry is currently headed by Pashupati Kumar Paras, a Cabinet Minister.[citation needed]

List of Ministers

No. Name Portrait From To Prime Minister
13 Giridhar Gamang 1987 1990 PV Narasimha Rao Indian National Congress
14 Tarun Gogoi 21 November 1990 26 June 1991
15 Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo 26 June 1991 6 March 1993
16 L. K. Advani 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bharatiya Janata Party
17 H. D. Deve Gowda 1 June 1996 6 July 1996  H. D. Deve Gowda Janata Dal
18 Dilip Ray 6 July 1996 21 April 1997
20 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 2001 2004 Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bharatiya Janata Party
21 Subodh Kant Sahay 22 May 2009 22 May 2011 Manmohan Singh Indian National Congress
22 Sharad Pawar 19 January 2011 26 May 2014 Nationalist Congress Party
25 Harsimrat Kaur Badal 26 May 2014 17 September 2020 Narendra Modi Shiromani Akali Dal
26 Narendra Singh Tomar 18 September 2020 7 July 2021 Bharatiya Janata Party
27 Pashupati Kumar Paras 7 July 2021 Incumbent Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party

List of Ministers of State

Ministers of State For Food Processing Industries
Minister of state Portrait Political party Term Days
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan Bharatiya Janata Party 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 167 days
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti 9 November 2014 30 May 2019 4 years, 202 days
Rameswar Teli 30 May 2019 7 July 2021 2 years, 38 days
Prahlad Singh Patel 7 July 2021 Incumbent 2 years, 44 days

Functions of the ministry

Goals of MOFPI

Roles of MOFPI

The strategic role and functions of the Ministry fall under three categories:

It is concerned with the formulation & implementation of policies and plans for all the industries under its domain within the overall national priorities and objectives. Its main focus areas include—development of infrastructure, technological up gradation, development of backward linkages, enforcement of quality standards and expanding domestic as well as export markets for processed food products.

The Ministry acts as a catalyst and facilitator for attracting domestic & foreign investments towards developing large integrated processing capacities, by creating conducive policy environment, including rationalization of taxes & duties. It processes applications for foreign collaborations, Export Oriented Units (EOUs) etc. and assists/guides prospective entrepreneur in his endeavour.

Post liberalization, it has approved a large no. of joint ventures, foreign collaborations, industrial licenses and 100% EOU proposals in different food processing areas and has taken major policy initiatives to facilitate an accelerated growth of the industry. The functions of the Ministry can be broadly classified as follows:


Earlier the regulatory responsibilities of MoFPI were to implement Fruit Products Order (FPO), However, by the enactment of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, these regulatory responsibilities are transferred to Food Safety Authority of India, New Delhi which is under control of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.[2]


  1. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ Hashmi, Imran. "FSSAI". Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Retrieved 18 November 2012.