The Government of India is taking efforts for the early completion of 19 mega food parks in the country, which are under various stages of implementation. The primary objective of this scheme is to provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has accorded final approval to 38 mega food parks and in-principle approval to three mega food parks in the country. Out of these, 22 mega food park projects have been made operational, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Pashupati Kumar Paras said today while speaking to journalists in New Delhi.
The minister said that efforts are also on to boost value addition in 22 perishables like mango, banana, apple, pineapple, carrot, cauliflower, beans among other fruits and vegetables identified by the ministry to supplement the income of farmers. The government has announced the expansion of scope of the “Operation Greens Scheme” from tomato, onion and potato (TOP) to 22 perishable products, in the budget speech for 2021-2022. There is huge scope for mini food parks in the northeastern region and in north Bihar.
Paras said that he would be visiting Bihar on the 20th of this month and will also conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the mega food park at Mansi in Khagaria district of Bihar, which he said is 70 per cent complete. The minister would also meet Bihar’s industry minister Shahnawaz Hussain to assess the progress of the mega food park at Motipur block of Muzaffarpur district, approved by the Centre in April this year. He said, the food parks will help the farmers of the region growing litchi, makhana, banana, potato and maize in large quantities and will provide fresh employment opportunities to women and youth of the area.
Paras informed that that National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 has been notified after its passage from parliament in the just concluded session. He said, with this, the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) in Kundali (Haryana) and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) Thanjabur (Tamil Nadu) under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries have become Institutions of National Importance (INI).
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