Chhattisgarh: Mega Food Park Inaugurated At Raipur, To Provide 5,000 Jobs And Help 25,000 Farmers

by Swarajya Staff - Jun 4, 2021 11:49 AM +05:30 IST
Chhattisgarh: Mega Food Park Inaugurated At Raipur, To Provide 5,000 Jobs And Help 25,000 FarmersAn aerial view of mega food park at Raipur (Food Processing Ministry)

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar virtually inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park on Thursday (3 June) along with Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh.

To give an impetus to the food processing sector's growth in Chhattisgarh, the ministry has approved Mega Food Park at Raipur district in Chhattisgarh, which is being implemented by M/s Indus Best Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd.

M/s Indus Best Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd has been set up in 63.8 acres of land at a project cost of Rs 145.5 crore. The facilities created by the implementing agency at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include cold storage - 3,745 MT, pack house - 10 MT/Hr, dry warehouse - 12,000 MT, boiler - 8 MT, aseptic pulping and packaging line - 6 MT/Hr for mango and 12MT for tomato, IQF and deep freeze 2MT/hr and 1500 MT, food testing lab besides state of the art enabling infrastructure.

The Park also has three Primary Processing Centres (PPC) at Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg districts with facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms in the catchment area to benefit farmers. This Mega Food Park will help the people of Raipur District as well as other districts of Chhattisgarh.

Speaking on occasion, Minister Tomar said that the Mega Food Park will ensure value addition, longer shelf life for farm produce, better price realization for farmers, excellent storage facility and will provide an alternate market for farmers in the region.

“The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to about 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas,” the ministry said in a statement.

To significantly boost the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain, focusing on perishables, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.

Mega Food Parks create 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. Under the scheme, the Government of India provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 crore per Mega Food Park project.

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