The fortified rice kernel and fortified rice manufacturing industry in India has witnessed significant growth and change over the past few years, driven by changing trends in markets, consumer preferences, technology, and regulations. The demand for fortified rice kernel and fortified rice products is growing due to the increasing awareness about malnutrition and the government's advisory that the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) beneficiaries will receive fortified rice in their ration by 2024. Malnutrition is a severe problem in India, and the addition of essential nutrients such as iron, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 through fortified rice kernels and fortified rice can go a long way in addressing this problem and ameliorating their deficiencies.
However, this growth also raises concerns about the emerging skill shortages due to a mismatch between the demand for specific skills and the available workforce. In recent years, shortages of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers have become a critical factor impacting the competitiveness of the fortified rice kernel and fortified rice manufacturing industry in India. As the industry advances, the demand for skilled manpower is expected to increase exponentially.
To achieve the projected growth targets and become globally competitive, it is essential to develop and train the workforce efficiently. India can harness all the opportunities present in the fortified rice kernel and fortified rice manufacturing sector only when its labour force is educated and skilled. Therefore, it is critical to conduct a study on the skill shortage and anticipate the future demand for the workforce in the fortified rice kernel and fortified rice manufacturing industry for the period 2023-2026.
This study will help identify the gaps in the existing workforce and analyse the specific skills needed to meet the future demands of the industry. Based on the findings, the industry can devise strategies to bridge the skill gap by investing in training programs, apprenticeships, and other capacity-building initiatives. The study will also help in identifying the challenges and opportunities for the industry and develop a roadmap for its sustainable growth.