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FOOD PROCESSING

Badal inaugurates Uttarakhand’s second mega food park in Kashipur
Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Uttarakhand’s second mega food park in Mahuakhera Ganj village, Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district. The park, named Himalayan Mega Food Park Private Ltd, has been set up at a cost of Rs 99.96 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, minister of state for food processing industries, Prakash Pant, finance minister, government of Uttarakhand, and Yashpal Arya, state transport and social welfare minister, government of Uttarakhand, were present on the occasion.

Badal said the mega food park, which has been set up in in an area of 50.14 acre, would have a central processing centre (CPC), as well as three primary processing centres (PPCs) at Ram Nagar, Ramgarh and Kaladungi.

Adding that the park would also have facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms, she stated that the park would not only benefit farmers of Udham Singh Nagar, but also those of the nearby districts of Nainital, Garhwal, Almora and Champawat.

The facilities being created at the CPC of this mega food park include multi-purpose cold storage of 1,250 metric tonne (MT), aseptic brick filling line of 7,500 packs per hour, dry warehouse of 6,000MT, fruit and vegetable processing line input capacity of 7MT per hour for tomato paste, 8MT per hour for apple, 10MT per hour for carrot, 5MT per hour for fruit pulp, quality certification (QC) and food testing laboratories 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. “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,” she added.

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

She also highlighted how the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), under the visionary guidance of prime minister Narendra Modi, was focusing on boosting the food processing industry, so that agriculture sector could grow exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmers’ incomes and the Make in India initiative of the government.

Badal added that the 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.

She said the sector would contribute towards doubling farmers’ incomes in the coming years by working to achieve this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana.

Badal also thanked the Government of Uttarakhand for the support extended by them in setting up the mega food park.
 
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