Union Minister for Food Processing Industries sets up Himalayan Mega Food Park Private Ltd, which is over 50 acres, has been set up at a cost of Rs 99.96 crore. This will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this and the neighboring districts, as per MOFPI.
Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and the Uttarakhand State Finance Minister Prakash Pant, along with the Transport and Social Welfare Minister Yashpal Arya were also present at the event.
The first Mega Food Park in the state, located at Haridwar, is by now in service. According to Badal, the mega food park, which has been set up in an area of 50.14 acres, will have a central processing center along with three Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Ram Nagar, Ramgarh, and Kaladungi. The park will facilitate for primary processing and storage near the farms and would not only benefit farmers of Udham Singh Nagar but also those of nearby districts – Nainital, Garhwal, Almora, and Champawat.
The mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually.”The park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas,” the minister added.
The food ministry is creating mega food parks with modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain, from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach.
The sector will contribute towards doubling farmers’ income in the coming years by working to achieve this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, Badal added.