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FOOD PROCESSING

Badal inaugurates Telangana’s 1st mega food park in Lakkampally village
Saturday, 07 September, 2019, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister of food processing industries, inaugurated the first mega food park in Telangana on Thursday. Promoted by Smart Agro Food Park Pvt Ltd, it is located in Lakkampally, a village in Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad District.

Rameswar Teli, minister of state for food processing industries; Arvind Dharmapuri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Nizamabad, and A Jeevan Reddy, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Armur constituency, Telangana, were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Badal said that the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 22 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs 14,000 crore.

It will also provide direct and indirect employment to 50,000 youth and benefit about one lakh farmers. Mega food parks shall facilitate the doubling of farmers’ incomes by 2022, which is a primary agenda of the Government of India in the field of agriculture.

Badal said, “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi is an initiative by the government of India, in which all small and marginal farmers will get up to 6,000. The Telangana government is also providing financial support to farmers, ultimately the farmer will be benefited.”

“Mega food parks shall further complement the Government’s scheme by reducing post-harvest losses, and hedging the farmer’s risk. They shall provide gainful employment to women, and hence, help support their livelihoods,” she added.

“Neem-coated urea can bring better paddy output, I will discuss with the agriculture minister about the neem–coated urea supply issue in Nizamabad district, and I try my best to reach the neem–coated urea to the farmers of Nizamabad,” Badal said.

She added that the under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) was focussing on boosting the food processing industry, so that the agriculture sector would grow exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmers’ incomes and the Make In India initiative of the government.

The Mega Food Park Scheme is being implemented in order to give a major impetus to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables.

Mega food parks create 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.

Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at the Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs). Under the Scheme, the Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs 50 crore per the mega food park project.

The Smart Agro Mega Food Park will benefit the people of Nizamabad District and the people of nearby districts of Nirmal, Jagtial, Rajanna Sircilla and Kamareddy  (all in Telangana) and Nanded district of Maharashtra.

This mega food park has been set up in 78 acre of land at a cost of Rs 108.95 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at the Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include a raw material warehouse of 5,000MT; a finished good warehouse of 5,000MT; a multi-commodity cold storage of 5,000MT; a deep freeze store of 500MT; a turmeric-curcumin, oleoresin extraction unit of 5MT per day, a QC laboratory and other related food processing facilities.

It also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and three PPCs at Medak, Gouraram and Nandipet, having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.

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

She added that the present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the food factory of the world, the government has made food processing a major thrust area of Make in India.
 
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