‘42 mega food parks will be­come op­er­a­tional by 2019’

The gov­ern­ment has re­ceived 300 pro­pos­als for set­ting up new cold chain projects from across In­dia

Rural & Marketing - - FOOD PROCESSING - Sad­hvi Ni­ran­jan Jy­oti Min­is­ter of State for Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries

Up to four mega food parks will be­come op­er­a­tional in the next three months, Min­is­ter of State for Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries, Sad­hvi Ni­ran­jan Jy­oti said at an ASSOCHAM Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Cold Chain held in New Delhi re­cently.

“Six mega food parks be­came op­er­a­tional between 2014 and 2017 like­wise 42 mega food parks will be­come op­er­a­tional by 2019,” said the Min­is­ter while in­au­gu­rat­ing the con­fer­ence.

High­light­ing that the gov­ern­ment sanc­tioned 63 cold chain projects since 2014, the she said, “We have re­ceived 300 pro­pos­als for set­ting up new cold chain projects, which shows that in­dus­try across In­dia is tak­ing in­ter­est in food pro­cess­ing sec­tor as we have re­ceived many ap­pli­ca­tions from north-east­ern states like Na­ga­land, Ma­nipur and oth­ers too.”

She said that while the gov­ern­ment is work­ing at a rapid pace for development of food pro­cess­ing sec­tor, the in­dus­try should im­part train­ing to the farm­ers to take ut­most care of qual­ity of pro­duce.

The Min­is­ter said that she had sug­gested her Min­istry to pro­vide stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for per­ish­able prod­ucts in the mar­ket it­self like for wheat and rice, so that farm­ers can take it to the de­sired place later. “I hope this sug­ges­tion will be con­sid­ered by the cab­i­net.”

Talk­ing about her re­cent meet­ing with Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter, Yogi Aditya Nath, the Min­is­ter said, “We and the state gov­ern­ment will en­sure that land, power, safety and all sorts of fa­cil­i­ties will be pro­vided to in­dus­tri­al­ists will­ing to set up food parks in the state.”

Ear­lier, ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence, Dr Shakil Ahmed, Joint Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Co­op­er­a­tion stressed upon the need for in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment col­lab­o­ra­tion in ar­eas like ap­plied re­search, in de­vel­op­ing crop and prod­uct spe­cific de­tailed pro­to­col of cold chain man­age­ment as that would help lot of start-ups to come up and re­ally work for the development of this sec­tor and even the gov­ern­ment is more than will­ing to sup­port in terms of in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­ity in this re­gard.

“In­dus­try should play more ac­tive role. We have iden­ti­fied more than 52 sec­tors in clus­ters that are ex­port ori­ented zones in the coun­try of which 10 have al­most started work­ing as such the in­dus­try should come up in a big way and col­lab­o­rate,” said the se­nior bu­reau­crat.

While ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, DK Singh, Chair­man, Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed Food Prod­ucts Ex­port Development Au­thor­ity (APEDA) said that his or­gan­i­sa­tion is work­ing on hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor to in­crease ex­port bas­ket. He in­formed that APEDA was try­ing to ex­port and pro­mote man­goes in a big way.

“When we think of a busi­ness plan in lo­gis­tics development we must also think those as­pects which are rel­e­vant in a par­tic­u­lar mar­ket,” said Singh high­light­ing that feed­back re­ceived from Korea on ex­port of man­goes was not good, in terms of qual­ity, pack­ag­ing and other re­lated is­sues.

We have re­ceived 300 pro­pos­als for set­ting up new cold chain projects, which shows that in­dus­try across In­dia is tak­ing in­ter­est in food pro­cess­ing sec­tor as we have re­ceived many ap­pli­ca­tions from north-east­ern states

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