Trivandrum: The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) has selected IL&FS as the project management consultant for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) to set up a Mega Food Processing Park at Palakkad.
According to a statement from KINFRA, the selection of the IL& FS was done through a transparent selection process. The estimated project cost is Rs. 121.92 crores out of which assistance sought from MoFPI is Rs. 50 crores.
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, had earlier approved the proposal submitted by KINFRA to set up a Mega Food Processing Park at Palakkad as part of 17 new projects in different parts of the country.
The food park would be provided with basic infrastructure like roads, electricity and water. Common facilities such as water treatment plant, effluent treatment plant, quality control laboratories, cold storages, warehouses, and process centres would be set up. The Primary Processing Centres would also be equipped with weighing lines, pack houses, chill rooms / cold storages, etc.
The park envisages setting up a three-tiered structure consisting of a Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) with facilities for food processing activities involving higher-end value addition, Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) with facilities for pre-processing activities or lower-end food processing, Collection Centres (CCs) for facilitating convenient collection of raw materials from farmers. The PPCs and CCs are located near to the farms and would be spread across the region from where the main raw materials for the Mega Food Park are targeted.
The raw material base for the Mega Food Park would extend over an area around Palakkad including the districts of Wayanad, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur and Ernakulum. The major raw materials identified for the Mega Food Park would include coconuts, ginger, pepper, cardamom, turmeric, tamarind, jackfruit, tapioca, papaya, banana, pineapple, mango, cashew, arecanut, paddy etc.
The Mega Food Park would cater to food processing units dealing with various coconut products (like tender coconut water, coconut milk, cream, dehydrated powder, etc); fruit products (like fruit beverages / concentrates, candies, jams, pickles), spice products (like whole spices, spice powders, spice extractions, seasonings, etc), starch based products, value-added products from rice, bakery products and ethnic preparations from Kerala.
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Photograph shows Kinfra Textile Park at Palakkad