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Foundation stone laid down for 2 Mega Food Parks in Kerala

Foundation stone of two Mega Food Parks with state-of-the-art facilities will be focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially

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Pushing to the infrastructure development for food processing in Kerala, foundation stone of 2 Mega Food Parks, one being developed by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) at Palakkad and other by Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) at Alappuzha has been laid on Sunday in the two respective places.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries in the presence of Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala laid the foundation stone for the Mega Food Park at Palakkad. While the foundation stone for Mega Food Park at Alappuzha was laid by the State Chief Minister.

Speaking on the occasion Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that 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 farmers’ income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.

To give a 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 India. 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 Crore per Mega Food Park project.

Minister of Food Processing and Industries while laying the foundation stone of Mega Food Park of KINFRA at Palakkad informed that the Mega Food Park is being set up in 78.68 acre of land at the cost of Rs 119 crore. The facilities being created by the KINFRA at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Pack house (Sorting grading packing) of 10 metric tonnes per hour, Warehouse of 12,000 metric tonnes, Silos of 6,000 metric tonnes, Multi Product Cold Storage of 5,000 metric tonnes, Spices and Condiments Processing including Mechanical Dryer of 15 metric tonnes per day, Ripening Chamber of 120 metric tonnes, Cashew Roasting of 2 metric tonnes per day among various other food processing facilities. In addition 4 PPCs at Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms are also being set up.

Mega Food Park (Palakkad) Kerala

Functioning Agency

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation

Land Area

78.68 acre

Development cost

Rs 119 crore

Govt. of India Assistance

Rs 50 crore

Facilities

Pack house (Sorting grading packing)

10 metric tonnes per hour

Warehouse

12,000 metric tonnes

Silos

6,000 metric tonnes

Multi Product Cold Storage

5,000 metric tonnes

Spices and Condiments Processing 

15 metric tonnes per day

Ripening Chamber

120 metric tonnes

Cashew Roasting

2 metric tonnes per day

Primary Processing Centers

4 (Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad)

Mega Food Park at Alappuzha is being set up in 68.18 acre of land at the cost of Rs. 129 crore. The facilities being created by the KSIDC at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage of 3,000 metric tonnes, Deep Freeze Unit of 3,000 metric tonnes, Deboning and Canning Unit of 50 metric tonnes per day, Warehouse of 1,000 metric tonnes and other food processing facilities. 5 PPCs at Thoppumpady, Vypeen, Munambam, Aroor and Neendakara having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms are also being set up.

Mega Food Park (Alappuzha) Kerala

Functioning Agency

Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation

Land Area

68.18 acre

Development cost

Rs. 129 crore

Govt. of India Assistance

Rs 50 crore

Facilities

Cold Storage

3,000 metric tonnes

Deep Freeze

3,000 metric tonnes

Deboning and Canning Unit

50 metric tonnes per day

Warehouse

1,000 metric tonnes

Primary Processing Centers

5 (Thoppumpady, Vypeen, Munambam, Aroor and Neendakara)

 

Minister of Food Processing and Industries 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.

Minister for Food Processing Industries 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 expected to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state. 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.

Badal further said that each of the Mega Food Parks would 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 would also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 people and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

The minister also said that the government was fully committed to providing an environment that was 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. She also highlighted the newly approved SAMPADA scheme of the ministry and exhorted the farmers, farmer Producer Organisations, SHGs and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the scheme for fuelling growth of food processing sector in Kerala.

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