In a bid to promote food processing in state, the Tamil Nadu government would soon set up mega food parks that would lead to creation of jobs in rural areas of the state, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said.
During a budget session Panneerselvam said that in addition to the proposed Mega food parks, an ‘Ultra Mega Food Park’ would also be set up on a 450-acre land at Pelakuppam village in Villupuram distric.
The mega food parks would evolve as hubs for food processing in fruits and vegetables, fisheries, dairy, poultry and meat by encouraging private investment and are expected to generate substantial employment in rural areas, he noted.
The Mega Food Parks would be established in Theni, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin, Erode, Cuddalore, Salem, Dindigul, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai and Krishnagiri districts.
Stating that a strong and dynamic food processing sector plays a vital role in reducing wastage in the farm sector, Panneerselvam said, “With an aim to creating conducive environment for the food processing industry, an exclusive food processing policy will be unveiled in 2018-19.”