Agriculture and Food Processing Industries ministries is to institute a study to assess the total cold chain storage requirement in the country. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries, elaborated that the proposed study will assess the total requirement of cold chain storage for agricultural commodities as well as other products.
The study will aim to work out the national food map of the country wherein the total production of different agricultural commodities would be assessed along with the requirement of cold storage as well as the existing capacity. The gap in the requirement and the installed capacity would then be bridged through a sustained programme of addition of cold chain infrastructure.
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.