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May, 29 2015

Food Park in Assam to provide employment to over 6,000 people: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

According to the food minister the park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 6,000 people and will benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers.

Inaugurating a food park in Assam, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Minister for food processing said that the Assam park will leverage an investment of about Rs 250 crore and will provide employment to 6,000 people.

The food park sanctioned by the Centre at Nalbari was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi along with Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Harsimrat Badal, according to an official release.

"The Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 30-35 food processing units in the Park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually," added the minister.

According to the food minister the park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 6,000 people and will benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers.

The park has been set up with an investment of Rs 76 crore along with a dry warehouse with 10,000 tonnes capacity, cold storages of 3,000 tonnes and common effluent treatment plant, and quality control labs among others.

There is also a proposal to set up 6 primary processing centres (PPCs) at Nagaon, Badarpur, Tinsukia, Barapani, Krishnai and Kajalgaon which will provide facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.

The Centre provides financial assistance of up to Rs 50 crore for setting up Mega Food Parks for creation of modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to consumer.

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