Trivandrum: KINFRA’s proposal to set up a Mega Food Park submitted to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Govt. of India under a scheme for infrastructure creation ‘Mega Food Park Scheme (MFPS)’ has obtained ‘Final Approval’ clearance from Ministry.
The estimated project cost of setting up KINFRA Mega Food Park is Rs 119.02 crores with a grant-in-aid assistance of Rs 50.00 crores from MOFPI. NABARD has also sanctioned a term loan of Rs 28.34 crores under the ‘Food Processing Fund’. The promoters’ contribution (State Govt / KINFRA) is Rs 40.96 crores.
KINFRA has earmarked an area of 78.68 acres of land under its possession in Palakkad District, located in Elapully and Pudussery villages, to develop the Central Processing Centre (CPC or the Food Park).
Besides, KINFRA also proposes to set up 4 Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) in the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Thrissur and Ernakulum to support the farmers by facilitating pre-processing of the farm produce. The 4 PPCs would be located at KINFRA Small Industries Park, Mazhuvannoor, in Ernakulum District, KINFRA Small Industries Park, Koratty in Thrissur District, KINFRA Food Processing Park, Kakkancherry in Malappuram District and KINFRA Small Industries Park, Kalpetta in Wayanad District.
KINFRA also proposes to set up Collection Centers for collection and aggregation of the farm produce to help farmers with easier logistics. About 15 CCs have been proposed by KINFRA at various places in the identified Project Zone of the project.
The Project Zone of KINFRA Mega Food Park would extend over the region around Palakkad including the districts of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulum.
Apart from basic infrastructure, the KINFRA Mega Food Park would also provide common facilities that are specifically designed for the food processing sector called the ‘core facilities or core processing infrastructure’. The core facilities provided in the CPC include Cold Storage, Ripening Chamber, Raw Material Warehouse, Finished Product Warehouse, Silos, Pack House, Spice Processing Facility, Cashew Processing Facility, Quality Control Laboratory and Reefer Vehicles.
It is envisaged that prospective units engaged in production of value-added products from coconuts, spices, fruits & vegetables, paddy, cashews etc. Besides, units also involved production of ready-to-eat (RTE) products, frozen ethnic preparations (traditional Kerala dishes), allied products like food grade packaging are also expected to come up in the KINFRA Mega Food Park. The units at CPC are expected to generate 1,500 direct employment and 5,000 indirect employment.
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Picture shows a KINFRA Park