Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today laid foundation stone for Nandvan Mega Food Park located in Badawal, Chhata-Barsana road in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
The Mega Food Park is being set up in 57.41 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 120.77 crore. Government of India has approved a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 crore to the project. The facilities being created by the food park at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of the mega food park include multipurpose cold storage – 2,000 MT, individually quick frozen (IQF) with frozen storage – 2 MT/Hr and 4,000 MT, dry warehouse – 10,000 MT, raw milk packaging line – 2 LLPD, pulses and grain packaging line – 2 MT and food testing lab. In addition, the lead promoter will also setup an anchor unit with an investment of approximately Rs. 24.13 crore for dairy processing with plant capacity of 500 TPD.
The Park will also have a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and five primary processing centres (PPCs) at Aligarh, Mathura, Kanshiram Nagar, Bharatpur and Agra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.
Speaking on the occasion, Badal said that the Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 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 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
The minister said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at the Park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Badal also said that the government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the food factory of the world.