Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal will inaugurate the first mega food park at Roopangarh village in Ajmer, Rajasthan tomorrow. The Food Park is being set up at a cost of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in Ajmer as well as in neighbouring districts.
The facilities being created at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include cold storage of 5,000 MT, deep freeze of 2,550 MT, IQF of 2 MT/ hour, dry warehouse for raw materials 2,500 MT, dry warehouse for finished goods of 5,000 MT, silos of 6,500 MT, pack house of 10 MT/hour, steam generator of 8 MT/hour and other related food processing facilities, a statement released by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries said today.
The mega food park is expected to leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually. The park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas. The modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Rajasthan and adjoining areas and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the in Rajasthan, the Ministry said.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is creating mega food parks with 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. The sector would contribute towards doubling farmer’s income in the coming years by working to achieve this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana’.