Central Statistics Office (CSO) has been releasing information on different characteristics of factories registered under Factory Act, 1948 through their publication Annual Survey of Industries (ASI).
As per the latest ASI for 2011-12 (provisional), the total number of persons engaged in registered food processing units is 17.77 lakh.
As per ASI for 2010-11, the total number of workers in food processing units employed directly, indirectly, through contract labour as well as family members was 16.62 lakh. Out of 9.03 lakh workers directly employed, 2.59 lakh and 6.44 lakh workers were female and male respectively.
Information on unregistered food processing sector is released by National Sample Survey (NSS) Office every five years.
As per the latest NSS 67th Round in 2010-11, the total number of workers in unregistered food processing sector were 47.9 lakh. Out of this, 11.9 lakh and 36.0 lakh workers were female and male respectively.
This information was given in Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Dr Charan Das Mahant in a written reply.