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17 New Mega Food Parks Sanctioned in India

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]New Delhi: To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage and loss at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Food Mega Food Parks Scheme in the country since the year 2008. Financial Assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore is provided for setting up Mega Food Parks for creation of modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. 17 new Mega Food Parks (MFPs) sanctioned by the Government today shall entail fresh investment of around Rs. 2330 crores. This will include grant-in-aid for an amount of Rs.850 crores. Announcing this at a press conference in the Capital today, Food Processing Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that these 17 new MFPs spread across 11 States would attract a total investment of around Rs.4,000 crores and the annual turnover of the Food Processing units in these MFPs would be more than Rs.8,000 crores. She informed that these new MFPs will generate direct/indirect employment for around 2.5 lakh people and it is expected that more than 12 lakh farmers would be benefited after these MFPs are operational. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal informed that this time a change was made in the eligibility criteria and Govt. organisations/ State Govts were also allowed to apply. Out of the 17 MPFs, 06 have been sanctioned for the State Govt. authorities and 11 to private sector. Out of the ongoing 25 Mega Food Parks, 2 have already been inaugurated and 3 more are expected to be operationalised by middle of this year vis-a-vis 2 Mega Food Parks operationalised by the previous Government since 2008. She expressed the hope that once these 42 MFPs, inclusive of the 25 sanctioned by the previous Govt., become operational, the farmers would be greatly benefited in terms of better price for their produce and consumers would get wider choice at a very reasonable price. A Mega Food Park located in the area of a minimum of 50 acres work in a cluster based approach based on a hub and spokes model.  Infrastructure is created for primary processing and storage near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs), Collection Centres (CCs) located in production areas. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure at Central Processing Centre like modern warehousing, cold storage, IQF, sorting, grading, packaging, pulping, ripening chambers and tetra packaging units roads, electricity, water, ETP facilities etc. This helps in reducing the cost of individual units significantly and makes them more viable. Induction of latest technology, quality assurance of processed food products through better process control and meeting of environmental and safety standards are other major benefits of Mega Food Parks. Total 42 Mega Food Parks have been sanctioned by the Government for setting-up in the country. Currently, 25 projects are under implementation, Expression of Interest (EoI) was invited on all India basis on 10.02.2014 with the last date of 31.07.2014 to fill up vacancies. Ministry received 72 proposals and after going through a stringent and transparent process of scrutiny, 17 suitable proposals from 11 States of the country have been selected and approved for implementation. This step of the Government will create huge modern infrastructure for food processing sector and provide impetus to the growth of the sector. These 17 newly selected Mega Food Parks are likely to attract investment of around Rs. 2000 crore in modern infrastructure, additional collective investment of around Rs. 4000 crore in 500 food processing units in the Parks and an annual turn-overof Rs. 8000 crore.These Parks,when fully functional, will create employment for about 80000 persons and benefit about 5 lakh farmers directly and indirectly. The timely completion of these Mega Food Park will provide a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the concerned state, help in providing better price to farmers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to the agricultural produce and create huge employment opportunities especially in rural areas. These will also help in stabilizing prices of food products and contain inflation in the country.
List of Mega Food Parks
S. No. Project Name District State  Project Cost (in Rs. crore)
Eligible Proposals from State Government Agencies  
1 Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (KSIDC) Alappuzha Kerala               125.00
2 Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (Telangana Division) Khammam Telangana               141.03
3 Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited Sonipat Haryana               164.33
4 Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation  (IDCO), Khurda Odisha               116.26
5 Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Ltd., Ludhiana Punjab               136.00
6 Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), Krishna Andhra Pradesh               152.16
Eligible Proposals from Private Sector Agencies  
7 Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd., Kutch Gujarat               168.60
8 Jain Agro Trading Company Private Limited Wardha Maharashtra                 88.73
9 RuchiAcroni Industries Ltd. Dewas Madhya Pradesh               150.37
10 3F Industries Ltd. Krishnagiri Tamil Nadu               127.78
11 RaagaMayuriAgrovetPvt. Ltd., Mahboobnagar Telangana               112.05
12 Continental Warehousing Corporation (NhavaSeva) Limited Panipat Haryana               157.46
13 Mums Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd., Buxar Bihar               136.98
14 NDR Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Thiruvallur Tamil Nadu               187.33
15 Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) Palakkad Kerala               121.92
16 The Sukjhit Starch & Chemical Limited Kapurthala Punjab               128.28
17 Vinay Tiwari Agro Estates & Farms Pvt. Ltd. Ahmednagar Maharashtra               119.09
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About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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