In a bid to give a boost to the food processing sector in the Northeastern region of India, chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal jointly inaugurated a Mega Food Park at Nabari in Assam.
Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, had sanctioned a Mega Food Park to North East Mega Food Park at Nalbari, Assam. The Central Processing Centre (CPC) of the Park had recently been completed.
North East Mega Food Park has been set up in 50 acre of land at the cost of Rs 76 crore.This project is having facilities of fully operational industrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, Dry Warehouse of 10000 MT, Cold Storage of 3000 MT, Common Effluent Treatment plant, Quality Control Labs along with other food processing facilities. The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs. Moreover, 6 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) are also proposed to be set up at Nagaon, Badarpur, Tinsukia, Barapani, Krishnai and Kajalgaon which will provide facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.
Speaking on the inauguration, Badal said that the Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 30-35 food processing units in the Park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 Crore annually.The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 6000 people and benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers in the CPCs and PPC catchment areas.
The minister further said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at North East Mega Food Park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Assam and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in Assam.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that the Mega Food Park shall go a long way in helping the farmers of the North East. He said that the NE Region has great potential for Food Processing and the Government has taken many steps to promote the Food Processing sector as well as organic farming in the region.
To give a boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage and loss at each stage of the supply chain with focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing a Mega Food Park Scheme in the country since 2008. Financial assistance upto Rs. 50 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 consumer. A Mega Food Park is set up in an area of a minimum of 50 acres. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and Infrastructure for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs).