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Agro & Food Processing

Tamil Nadu, enriched with a diverse range of agro-geo climatic zones, holds a significant presence in the particular sector. With approximately 24,000 SMEs and 1,100 medium and large units engaged in this industry, the state capitalises on its competitive edge: abundant agricultural resources, increasing demand potential, and excellent access to both domestic and international markets.


Economic contribution from the Agro & Food Processing sector

11 Mn

Metric tonnes Food Grain Production in the state Surpasses Consistently


Of India's Food Processing Output


Highest number of food processing units


Neel Kingston Jasper

Exec. VP Finance & IT, ITC Limited

ITC thanks the Government of TamilNadu for its unrelenting support in setting up ITC's largest plant in record time. The Government of Tamil Nadu offers proactive support, uninterrupted power and water supply and ensures all the requisite permissions are granted via a Single Window system. The state also has an abundance of skilled workforce and 80% of ITC's workforce in the state are women.

Nishant Ramkutty

Executive Director, Niswinfoods Coimbatore

Single window response for necessary clearances has been very good. They co-ordinated, represented and facilitated for faster approvals for starting and operating. We appreciate their timely intervention for speeding up the necessary approvals. We hope they continue the good work and get better in the coming years. The priority for prompt replies and urgent action was very evident which has made coordination with departments very easy and efficient.


  • The Government of Tamil Nadu is actively setting up 8 agro-processing clusters and 6 mega food parks to boost the industry.
  • Tamil Nadu benefits from a robust network of agricultural colleges and research centres under TNAU; a globally recognized institution that contributes to a pool of skilled human resources.
  • The state takes pride in being a leading producer of various agricultural products, including rice, maize, sugarcane, mango, banana, turmeric, coconut, groundnut, cashew, tea, coffee, dairy products, eggs, poultry, and more.

Active Investors


By 2025, the Indian grocery and food retail market is expected to reach a substantial $850 billion.

The food processing manufacturing sector allows for 100% FDI under the automatic route.

In the food processing trading sector, including e-commerce, 100% FDI is permitted through the government approval route.

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