New Delhi, Jun 11
Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today laid the foundation stone for two Mega Food Parks being developed by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) at Palakkad and by Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) at Alappuzha in Kerala. Both the Mega Food Parks have been sanctioned by the present Modi government.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Badal said under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries was focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government. She said, “To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.
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 Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs).Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.
The Minister also informed that both the Parks also have common administrative building for office and other use by the entrepreneurs. Government of India is providing financial assistance of Rs. 50 crore to each of the projects. She said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at the Mega Food Parks will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Kerala and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state of Kerala.
The Mega Food Park will benefit not only the people of Palakkad and Alappuzha but also the people of their adjoining districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kochi and Kollam, she added. Ms Badal further said that each of the Mega Food Parks will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 Crore annually.
Each of the Parks will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit about 25000 farmers. She also said 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 Food Factory of the World.
The government has made Food Processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Minister also highlighted the newly approved SAMPADA Scheme of the ministry and exhorted the farmers / Farmer Producer Organizations / SHGs and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the scheme for fuelling growth of food processing sector in Kerala.