New Delhi, Sep 13: Minister of State for Food Processing and Industries Rameshwar Teli said on Friday that a food park would be set up at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the 15th Indo-US Economic Summit, America and India roadmap for collaboration, here, Mr Rameshwar, said, "We have sanctioned a food park for Pulwama, J&K. There was a need for a park to protect the apple growing farmers and other food items." People did not want to go there, but now, after scrapping of the Article 370 and 35A that gave special status to J&K, businessmen and other people could go there, he added.
According to him, many food parks had been set up at some places where we are not required. "There is one food park in Mizoram, where there is no need for this park. We want to set up it where food and fruits get rotten," Mr Rameshwar, MP from Dibrugarh, Assam, said.
He also urged the farming community to adopt organic farming, citing huge demand in foreign countries. 'In Guwahati, Assam, we test the consignment of organic food and fruits and then send it to Abu Dhabi (UAE), Indonesia and other counties,' he said. He added that in the North-East, there is a huge scope for organic farming, urging the business community to come and set up food industries here.
He also promised to help people in setting up food industries in the North-East.
If someone wants to set up a food park then, he was welcome to do it, the ministry will support them, he said. "In North-East, we do provide 75 per cent subsidy for a Rs 100 crore food park," he added. Talking about the ministry's future projects, he said, Rs three thousand crore had been sanctioned by the World Bank for new projects that would generate 70 thousand jobs in the country. (UNI)