11 Aug

MORE MEGA-FOOD PARKS TO COME UP IN STATE

MORE MEGA-FOOD PARKS TO COME UP IN STATE

A policy will be drafted soon by the Uttarakhand Government to further encourage mega-food parks in the State. Units to be established in such estates will be provided various facilities. Modern infrastructural facilities for food processing will also be established in such mega-food parks.

The authorities claim that facilitating this will also enable the farmers of Uttarakhand to secure adequate profit by selling their produce. The additional Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand, S Ramaswamy said this while attending a video conference with union cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha here on Monday.

The Union Cabinet Secretary was chairing the video conference with officials concerned to review the progress regarding the mega food parks established and proposed in all Indian States.

It was stated in the meeting that a total of 42 mega food parks have been approved in the country. Out of these approved mega-food parks, eight parks are being operated while 32 are set to be established.

The additional Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand informed that there are two mega-food parks in the State. The Patanjali food and herbal park operating on about 71.63 acre land area in Haridwar district was established at a cost of Rs 95.08 crore.

This mega-food park had been accorded approval during 2009 and has been in operation since September 2015. Various produce including onion, carrot, radish, lemon, apple, gooseberry, wheat, rice and other items are processed in this facility.

The second mega-food park in the State is the Himalayan mega-food park situated at Kashipur in the Udham Singh Nagar district. This mega food park covers an area of about 50.14 acre land and is being constructed at a cost of about Rs 90.96 crore.

The necessary approval had been granted for establishment of this mega food park in 2014. Once fully established, this facility will be put to use for the processing of mango, guava, litchi, apple, lemon, potato, tomato, wheat , chilli, ginger, garlic and turmeric among others, said the official.