Department of Food Processing Industries became operational from May 1992. In due course Directorate of Horticulture came from Agriculture Department and joined this department in April 1997 and it came to be known as Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture. A separate Directorate for Food Processing Industries was formed in1998 that became fully functional from 2009. Directorate of Cinchona and other Medicinal Plants was brought administrative control of this Department from Commerce and Industries Department in the end of 2006. West Bengal State Food Processing and Horticulture Development Corporation Limited responsible for implementing various projects of this Department is also under administrative control of this Department.