New Delhi, Oct 7 (KNN) The Mega Food Park, soon to be set up in Jagdishpur in UP will be a modern food processing facility to help small and medium sized entrepreneurs, self-help groups and farmer-groups to set up food processing industries.
The food park will have nearly 35 industrial units and will give direct and indirect employment to about 30,000 persons. When operational, it will spur overall industrial growth and help farmers get better prices.
The foundation stone for the first mega food park in Amethi district of UP was laid today by Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing, Charan Das Mahant.
Re-affirming all support from his Ministry, the Minister expressed hope that setting up of this modern food processing facility will usher in a new era of food processing in the entire region.
Significantly, the Park with modern infrastructure and facilities for food processing will help small and medium sized entrepreneurs, self-help groups and farmer-groups to set up food processing industries.
“This will create a market for raw material and in turn provide better prices to farmers for their produce,” he said.
Although the state produces a variety of food grains, fruits and vegetables, the lack of infrastructural facilities have deterred entrepreneurs from establishing food processing industries. The Mega Food Park will fill up this void and act as a model for the entire region, leading to fast growth of the food processing sector, he said.
The Shaktiman Mega Food Park has been set up with assistance under the programme, ‘Scheme of Mega Food Parks’. The scheme aims at facilitating the establishment of a strong food processing infrastructure backed by an efficient supply chain. This includes establishment of collection centres, primary processing centres, a central processing centre and cold chain infrastructure.
The processing centres have infrastructure required for processing, packaging, environmental protection systems, quality control labs, trade facilitation, etc. which is shared by all industrial units in the food park.