Ministry of Food Processing Industries
The first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra M/s Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Village Degaon, District Satara was inaugurated today the 1st March, 2018 by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries in the presence of Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, of Maharashtra. This is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in the country so far and the 10th operationalized during the tenure of present government. On this occasion Shri Sharad Pawar, Member of Parliament, Shri Udayanraje Bhonsle, Member of Parliament, Shri Sanjay Patil Member of Parliament, Shri Shivendraraje Bhosle , MLA, Shri Shashikant Shinde , MLA and Shri Hanmantrao Gaikawad , Chairman , BVG group and other dignitaries were present. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that under the visionary guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government. To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. Mega Food Parks create 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. 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 Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance up to Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project. The Minister informed that 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 an
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. Smt. Badal also said that 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 Minister said that food processing sector will contribute immensely towards ‘Doubling Farmers income’ in the coming years and the Ministry is working tirelessly to achieving this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana’. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal thanked Chief Minister and the State Government for the support extended by them in setting up the Mega Food Park. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra assured that this food park will be one of the best food processing industries in the country. Food Parks is need of the hour to make the agriculture sustainable, he added. Goals and Roles A strong and dynamic food processing sector plays a vital role in reduction in the wastage of perishable agricultural produce, enhancing shelf life of food products, ensuring value addition to agricultural produce, diversification & commercialization of agriculture, generation of employment, enhancing income of farmers and creating surplus for the export of agro & processed foods. In the era of economic liberalization, all segments including; private, public and cooperative sectors have defined roles to play and the Ministry promotes their active participation. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has a clear goal of attaining these objectives by facilitating and acting as a catalyst to attract quality investments from within India and abroad into this sector with the aim of making food processing a national initiative. With this overall objective, the Ministry aims to: Enhance farmer's income by better utilization and value addition of agricultural produce Minimize wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by the development of infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro-food produce; Introduce of modern technology into the food processing industries from both domestic and external sources; Encourage R&D in food processing for product and process development and improved packaging; Provide policy support, and support for creation of Infrastructure, capacity expansion/ Up gradation and other supportive measures form the growth of this sectors; Promote export of processed food products. Roles of MOFPI The functions of the Ministry can be broadly classified under policy support and development activities: Policy Support: Formulation and implementation of policies for food processing sector with overall national priorities and objectives; Facilitating creation of a conducive environment for healthy growth of the foodprocessing sector. Development Activities: Continued emphasis on creation of World Class Infrastructure for growth of food processing sector through Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain; and Modernization of Abattoirs and also providing assistance under various Plan Schemes to food processing sector. Widening the R & D base in food processing by involvement of various R & D institutes and supporting various R & D activities. Human Resource Development to meet the growing requirement of managers, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the food processing industry. Assistance for setting up analytical and testing laboratories and active participation in the laying down of food standards and their harmonization with international standards. Continue intensive consultation with industry, academia, scientists and representatives of State Governments for smoother and inclusive growth of the sector.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries
Narendra Modi Prime Minister
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra