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FOOD PROCESSING

Cremica to inaugurate MFP in HP’s Una district at outlay of Rs 100 cr+
Thursday, 07 February, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ranjana Sharma, Mumbai
FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) player Cremica Food Industries Ltd will start a mega food park in Una district of Himachal Pradesh in February 2019, with an investment of over Rs. 100 crore.

Akshay Bector, the company’s chairman and managing director, said, “The MFP will have India's largest fruit processing line, having a capacity of 1,50,000 tonne of fruits and vegetables per annum.”

“It has been set up at a project cost of over Rs 100 crore and boasts of the finest food processing infrastructure facility in the country. It will also provide a platform for establishing backward and forward linkages, covering the entire food processing value chain and implement best practices in post-harvest management,” he added.

While speaking on the timeline for the completion of the Una MFP project, Bector said, “The Mega Food Park has been set up under the under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries’ (MoFPI) Sampada scheme and will be inaugurated in February 2019.”

“The core facility of the Mega Food Park has the most advanced central processing unit with a capacity of over 30 tonne per hour along with an aseptic pulping line and India’s first flash steriliser,” he added.

Bector said, “Armed with Italian technology, it has the largest fruit and tomato processing line. There is abundant water supply and steam availability,” he added.

“The facility has a refrigeration area with temperature of +15o to -15oC – low/high humidity. A direct HT feeder and powerhouse assures reliable power supply 24 x7 and 10 small standard design facility sheds with plug and play facility,” he added.

When asked why he chose Himachal Pradesh for this project and the policy interventions made by the government, Bector said, “Cremica Mega Food Park is situated in the centre of one of the most productive farming zones of India.”

“Located in four climatic zones and situated on the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, it has access to best agricultural land in the country, with high-quality growth rate and a clean atmosphere,” he added.

“A wide variety of crops, like potato, tomato, peas, apple, kinnow, litchi, guava, peach, carrot, wheat, maize and rice are available,” Bector stated.

“Also, the MFP is in proximity to two of India’s largest perennial reservoirs, i.e., Sutlej and Beas, along with three approved deep tube wells providing ample running water,” he added.

“The states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are agrarian states with a plentiful crop of fruits and vegetables. The harvested crops and grains often get wasted or spoilt due to the lack of storage, transport and processing facilities. This mega park will provide opportunities to farmers in post-harvest management,” Bector said.

“Also, at Cremica Mega Food Park will provide a platform for establishing backward and forward linkages covering the entire food processing value chain and implementing best practices in post-harvest management. Mega Food Park aims at influencing over 10,000-15,000 farmers in the zone of Influence through its linkage efforts,” he added.
 
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