In order to give a boost to the food processing sector and to reduce wastage of agriculture produce at each stage of supply chain, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of a Mega Food Park at Mansi in Khagaria, Bihar. The park will be set up with a project cost of Rs 127.6 crore in an area of 70 acres of land.
Th minister said that besides having a Central Processing Centre with modern infrastructure and common facilities, the Park will have backward linkage with the major production areas with four primary processing centres to be set up at Hazipur (Vaishali), Gulab Bagh (Purnia), Kalyanpur (Samastipur) and Parao (Muzaffarpur).
On completion, the park will have facilities of 40,000 MT dry warehouse, 10,000 MT grain silos , 5000 MT multi-products cold storage, a capacity of 10 tonne per hour pack house, 2 metric tonne per hour IQF, 1500 MT deep fridge besides having modern testing lab and reefer vans. Around 30-35 units are likely to be set up in this park with an investment of about Rs 250 crore which will generate an annual turnover of Rs 500 crore. It will provide direct and indirect employment to about 6,000 people and benefit about 30,000 farmers in its catchment area.
Speaking on the occasion, Badal said that the Park will go a long way in contributing to the development of food processing sector in the region and create immense opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment in the State bestowed with huge agriculture production potential. It will benefit the farmers, growers, food processors and consumers in Bihar.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme with the objective to create modern infrastructure for food processing industry along with the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages.