Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Food Processing Minister inaugurated Cremica Food Park on Sunday. This mega food park is the first mega food park in Himachal Pradesh. The Park is located at Village Singhain Una District of Himachal Pradesh. The park has been set up in 52.40 acres of land at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore.
The inauguration of first mega food park took place in presence of Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh and Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Hamirpur.
The facilities of this mega food park are created by the developer at the Central Processing Centre (CPC). This includes Multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), Frozen storage (1,000 MT), Deep Freeze, Dry Warehouse, QC Laboratory and other food processing facilities.
Badal said, “The mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually. It will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.” She also added, “The modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Himachal Pradesh and adjoining areas immensely, and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state”.
Badal also mentioned, “The present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India, and 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’”.
The food processing ministry is focusing on boosting the industry so that the agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes a major contributor to doubling the farmers’ income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.
Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs). Under the Scheme, the Centre provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 crore per mega food park project.