Palakkad: Giving a big push to the infrastructure development for food processing in the State, Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister of Food Processing, Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone for a mega Rs. 119.02 crores food processing park at Kanjikode on June 11, 2017.
The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) is developing the park with the financial assistance of Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The park is coming up on 78.68 acres of land. The facilities being created by the KINFRA at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Packhouse (Sorting grading packing) of 10 MT/hr, Warehouse of 12,000 MT, Silos of 6,000 MT, Multi Product Cold Storage of 5,000 MT, Processing including Mechanical Dryer of 15 T/day, Ripening Chamber of 120 MT, Cashew Roasting of 2MT/day and other food processing facilities. In addition, four PPCs at Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms are also being set up.
Speaking on the occasion, The Food Processing Minister said the 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. “The Union government was keen on strengthening food processing sector, as it alone could save the farming community from the current crisis. The parks will help add value to food-based products apart from reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain. The parks will also provide particular focus on perishables. 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.”
The Chief Minister said the State would work together with the Union ministry for time-bound commissioning and effective functioning of the park.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti; Shri A C Moideen, Industries Minister; Shri M B Rajesh, MP; and Shri K Krishnankutty, MLA; were among those present on the occasion.
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