New Delhi, Feb 10: In a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the food factory of the world, the Government has made food processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’, Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Sunday.
Ms Badal said the government was fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in the country.
She was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Cremica Mega Food Park via a video conference link in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.
She said the 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 people and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas, Ms Badal said.
The Minister thanked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and the state government for their support in setting up of the Park and said the modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Himachal and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.
The Park is located at Singhain village in Una district and is the first mega food park operationalized in the state. The inauguration took place in presence of the Chief Minister and Hamirpur Lok Sabha MP Anurag Singh Thakur.
This park has been set up in 52.40 acre of land at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), Frozen storage (1000 MT), Deep Freeze, Dry Warehouse, QC Laboratory and other food processing facilities. It also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 3 PPCs at Solan, Mandi, and Kangra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms. (UNI)