Agriculture and Food Processing Industries ministry has announced that it will insitutute a study to assess the total cold chain storage requirement in the country. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries, elaborated that the study will assess the total requirement of cold chain storage for agricultural commodities as well as other products.
The study will aim at working out the national food map of the country, thus the total production of different agricultural commodities will be assessed along with the requirement of cold storage. It is likely that the proposed study will be completed in six months.
“Food Processing Ministry should assess the requirement of funds required for additional cold storage capacity creation that can be undertaken within this financial year,” Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said.
“If required, further funds will be given for cold chain capacity creation as well as other initiatives of Ministry of Food Processing by transferring some funds from the Agriculture Ministry,” Singh added.
Badal stressed on the issue of minimum benchmark requirement of 50 acres for setting up a mega food park. She also discussed the feasibility of meeting energy requirements of mega food parks through alternative sources of energy such as solar power in such states that are facing huge energy deficit. She proposed that requirement of land for agro processing clusters be reduced to 20-25 acres in place of the existing 50 acres.