Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SHIMLA: The Hi­machal Pradesh govern­ment is pro­vid­ing all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to en­trepreneurs for es­tab­lish­ing food and fruit pro­cess­ing units to pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, be­sides strength­en­ing the econ­omy, chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur said on Sun­day.

He was ad­dress­ing people through video con­fer­ence from Shimla af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing state’s first mega food park at Singha vil­lage in Una dis­trict.

Es­tab­lished un­der the Cen­tral govern­ment’s Mega Food Park scheme, Crem­ica Food Park has been set up with an in­vest­ment of ₹110 crore in 51 acres of land. The park also has a com­mon ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing for of­fice and other uses by the en­trepreneurs and 3 PPCS at Solan, Mandi, and Kan­gra hav­ing fa­cil­i­ties for pri­mary pro­cess­ing and stor­age near the farms.

Union min­is­ter for food pro­cess­ing Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal was also present through video con­fer­enc­ing from Delhi.

“In­vest­ment worth ₹300 crore is ex­pected in the food park which would open new vis­tas of de­vel­op­ment in the area and strengthen the state’s agri­cul­tural econ­omy,” the CM said. He said the farm­ers and fruit grow­ers of the area would get re­mu­ner­a­tive prices for their pro­duce be­sides em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity for the youth.speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Badal said 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.

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