Nov 5, 2018
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Industries, recently inaugurated the ‘Mega Food Park’ in Surat district of Gujarat.
The Gujarat Agro Mega Food Park is stretched on 70.15 acre of land and at a cost of Rs. 117.87 crore. The functioning of the Mega food Park is said to benefit the people of Surat District and also people from nearby area of Bharuch Narmada, Navsari and Tapi districts.
The Park encompasses a Multi Chamber Cold Store with total capacity of 3,500 MT. Of that 1500 MT Frozen, and 2000 MT MA. It also has a 5000 MT’s warehouse, IQF of 2 TPH, pulping Line, QC Laboratory and other related food processing facilities. The structure includes a common administrative building for office and for other purposes by the industrialists and 4 PPCs at Padra (Vadodara), Valsad, Bharuch and Navsari with primary processing facilities and storage near the farms.
Badal said,:”the Mega Food Park will leverage an extra investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25 to 30 food processing units in the Park and will generate income of Rs. 450-500 crore per annum. Additionally the Park will provide direct as well as indirect employment opportunities to 5000 people and benefit around 25000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas”.
Badal said that the Park will be beneficial to the farmers fitted with modern infrastructure for food processing, processors and consumers of Gujarat and neighboring areas greatly. She added that “the government is fully committed in providing an environment that is smooth, translucent and easy for investors wanting to start business in India and in a bid to make the country a flexible food economy and Food Factory of the World, the government has made Food Processing a major thrust area of Make in India”.
Moreover, the Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is focused on enhancing the food processing industry in India, so that the agriculture sector develops exponentially and becomes the main contributor to doubling the farmers’ incomes.