Dr. M.Purushothama Reddy, Researcher, Dept of Economics, SV University, Tirupati-517502
Dr.Lakshmi Kantha Reddy Chitla Ph.D, Associate Professor, Priyadarshini College of Business Management, Affiliated to Osmania University, Hyderabad- 5000016
Abstract: Agro-based industries are those processing industries which use large quantities of agricultural raw materials such as rice milling, wheat flour processing, textiles, sugar, tea, jute, coffee, paper, rubber production etc. India is one of the largest producer of rice, wheat, fruits, and vegetables in the world. The agro industry helps in processing agricultural products such as field crops, tree crops, livestock and fisheries and converting them into edible and other usable forms. The global market is mammoth for sugar, coffee, tea and processed foods such as sauce, jelly, honey etc. The market for processed meat, spices and fruits is equally gigantic.Food, food grains, dairy products, frozen food, fish, meat, poultry, the Indian agro industry has a huge potential, the significance and growth of which will never cease. Sea fishing, aqua culture, milk and milk products, meat and poultry are some of the agro-sectors that have shown marked growth in India over the years.
Key words: Agro-based industries,processing, area, production.