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Food Processing Opportunities in Bihar

Food Consultant for Bihar

Scenario of State of Bihar

Bihar, fundamentally an agrarian economy, has a large agricultural and animal production base offering abundant supply of raw material to be processed for human consumption. Despite these natural advantages, the level of food processing is very low and there is scope to improve the food processing levels to meet the increasing requirements of the state's growing population, 25% of the state GDP being contributed by agriculture sector (including forestry and fishing). Agriculture employs 77% of workforce in Bihar, as a percentage this is significantly higher than the national average. The soils are light, alluvium - derived soils mostly khaddar (recent alluvium) and hanger (Old alluvium).

Rice, Wheat and Maize are the major crops produced in Bihar. It produces a large variety of pulses and is the largest producer of Mesta and Jute. Bihar has a huge base of livestock and is the 10th largest producer of milk. The vegetable production comprised potato, onion, tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal, bottle gourd and radish. The seven major fruits in Bihar is mango, guava, lychee, banana, pineapple, papaya and Indian gooseberry (Amla)

Advantage Bihar

•Robust Infrastructure with Mega Food Park and Agri-Export Zones.

•Great Production of Fruits, Veg and Meat

•Various Incentive Scheme for Industrial Growth

•Availability of one of the largest frozen semen stations

•55 % of total land put to agricultural use

Key Production Highlights of Bihar

  • Largest Producer of Litchi and Mesta.

  • Second Largest Producer of Linseed.

  • One of the largest producer of Goat Meat and Pig Meat amongst all Indian States.


  • 3 Mega Food Parks.

  • 12 Agri Export Zones.

  • 40 Industrial Estates

  • 2 ICDs

Economic Snapshot

  • Budget Exp. Of Bihar for Agriculture department has been estimated INR 3152.81 Crores for 2020-21.

  • Budget Exp. Of Bihar for Industries department has been estimated INR 915.85 Crores for 2020-21.

  • The GSDP of Bihar at current prices was Rs 5,57,490 crore at current prices and Rs 3,94,350 crore at constant (2011-12) prices in 2018-19.

  • The NSDP for the state in 2018-19 was Rs 5,13,881 crore at current prices and Rs 3,59,030 crore at constant prices.

  • The resulting Per Capita GSDP of Bihar was Rs 47,541 at current prices and Rs. 33,629 at constant prices.

  • The growth rate of Bihar’s economy in 2018-19 was 10.53 percent (at constant prices) and 15.01 percent (at current prices), which is higher than the growth rate for the Indian economy.


Horticulture Crops







•Bottle Gourd

Spices Crops



•Green Chilli


Agriculture Crop



•Coarse Cereals


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Food Processing Opportunities 

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Fruits & Vegetable processing

  • F&V Canning & Ketchup Line

  • F&V Aseptic & Concentrate Unit

  • Fruit Juice/ Squashes

  • IQF/Frozen F&V

  • Jam & Jelly

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Food Ingredient Units

  • Food Color

  • Extracts from Spices

  • Pectin/ Antioxidant Extraction Unit

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Specialized Units-1

  • Fortified Dairy/ F&V Products

  • Fortified Bakery products

  • Nutraceutical Products

  • Probiotic Food

Spices in Heaps

Spice & Herbs Processing

  • Organic Spice Grinding Line

  • Herbs Cutting & Grinding

  • Spice Paste & Powder

  • Spice oil extraction units

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Dairy Products

  • Milk based Sweets

  • Pasteurized Milk

  • Milk Products (Paneer, Ghee, Cheese, Curd/ Lasse, Powder)

  • Canned Sweets Line

  • Ice Cream Line

  • UHT Milk Packaging in Tetrapack

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Specialized Units-2

  • Food Enzymes

  • Functional Foods

  • Super Critical Fluid Extraction

  • Food Testing Lab

  • Honey processing

Stalks of Wheat

Cereal Products

  • Flour Mill/ Rice Mill

  • Bakery Line

  • Solvent Extraction Unit

  • Macroni Products

  • Breakfast Cereals

  • Extruded & Fried Snacks

  • Instant Mixes/ Soups

Couscous with Meat and Vegetables

Egg & Meat Products

  • Frozen Meat Products

  • Egg Powder Unit

  • Canned Fish & Meat Products

  • Sausages & Salami

  • Ready to Cook products

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Pulse Products

  • Dal Mill

  • RTE Products

  • Besan Mill

  • Canned Pulses

  • Puffed Snacks

  • Organic Whole Pulses

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Beverage Unit

  • RTS Juice in Tetrapak

  • Instant Tea Products

  • Natural Mineral Water

  • Packaged Drinking Water

  • Vitamin Drink

  • Sports Drink

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