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FOOD PROCESSING

Badal inaugurates Rajasthan’s first mega food park in Ajmer’s Roopangarh
Saturday, 31 March, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister for food processing industries, inaugurated Greentech Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd in Roopangarh, a village in Ajmer. It is the first mega food park in the state of Rajasthan. The park has been set up at a cost of Rs 113.57 crore, and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts.

It was inaugurated in the presence of minister of state for food processing industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Rajasthan’s industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini and Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Ajmer Raghu Sharma.

Giving details of the project, Badal said the mega food park, which has been set up in an area of 85.44 acre, would have a central processing centre (CPC) as well as well as four primary processing centres (PPCs) at Jaipur, Nagaur, Tonk and Churu.

She added that the park would also have facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms and would not only benefit farmers of Ajmer, but also those of nearby districts of Jaipur, Nagaur, Tonk and Churu as well.

The facilities being created at CPC of this mega food park include cold storage of 5,000 metric tonne (MT), deep freeze of 2,550MT, individual quick freezing (IQF) of two MT per hour, dry warehouse for raw materials of 2,500MT + dry warehouse for finished goods of 5,000MT, silos of 6,500MT, pack houses of 10MT per hour, steam generator of eight MT per hour and other related food processing facilities.

Badal said the mega food park would leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually.

She added that the park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

Badal stated that modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Rajasthan and the adjoining areas immensely and give a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state of Rajasthan.

The minister added how the ministry, under the visionary guidance of prime minister Narendra Modi, was focusing on boosting the food processing industry, so that the agriculture sector could grow exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling farmers’ incomes through implementation of projects under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana scheme and the Make in India initiative of the government.

She stated that the food processing industry ministry was creating mega food parks with modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach.
 
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