Tomar inaugurates first Mega Food Park in Kerala with 30 processing units
Minister of Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar has inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Kerala at Palakkad district via video conferencing with a cost of Rs 119.02 crore.
The minister stated that the Mega Park will have around 30 units of food processing with an investment of Rs 250 crore. He informed that the first Mega Park in Kerala is expected to generate business of close to Rs 500 crore per annum.
Tomar said, “The Mega Park project spread over 80 acre and being implemented by the KINFRA (Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Cooperation) will facilitate the export of value-added products from Kerala. The Mega Food Park will benefit the local farmers, growers, processors & consumers immensely & prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector thereby, increasing employment opportunities in the southern region of the country.”
The core infrastructure consists of multiproduct cold storage having capacity of 5,000 MT, dry warehouse capacity of 12,000 MT, ripening chambers capacity 120MT, packhouse capacity with sorting grading and packing capacity of 10 MT/hr, condiment processing of 15MT/day and a food testing laboratory.
Rameshwar Teli, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, on the occasion has said that the capacities being developed in the Mega Park will not only help in reducing the food wastage but also ensure value addition of the farm produce, which will enable the farmers by enhancing their income prospects.
The Government of India through the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has sanctioned 37 food parks funded under the Mega Food Parks Scheme, 18 are operational and 19 are under implementation as on Feb 27, 2020.
Source : fnbnews