Hyderabad: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries today inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Telangana promoted by M/s Smart Agro Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Village Lakkampally, Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad District, Telangana state. Union Minister of State for food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli, Member of Parliament, LokSabha, Nizamabad, Arvind Dharmapuri and i A. Jeevan Reddy, MLA from Armur constituency of Telangana were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Badal said that the Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 22 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs. 14000 crore. The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 50,000 youth and benefit about 1 lakh farmers. Mega Food parks shall facilitate doubling of farmer’s income by 2022 which is a primary agenda of Govt in the field of agriculture.
The Minister said that Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi is an initiative by the government of India in which all small and marginal farmers will get up to ₹6,000. Telangana government also providing financial support to farmers, ultimately the farmer will be benefitted. Mega Food Parks shall further complement the Govt’s scheme by reducing post harvest losses and hedging the farmer’s risk. Mega Food Park shall provide gainful employment to women and hence help support their livelihood, she added.
Neem-coated urea can bring better paddy output, I will discuss with the Agriculture Minister about the Neem–coated urea supply issue in Nizamabad district and I try my best to reach the Neem–coated urea to the farmers of Nizamabad, the minister added.Mrs. Badal also said that the under the Visionary guidance of Prime Minister NarendraModi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.
The Mega Food Park Scheme is being implemented in order to give a major impetus to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with 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. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.
The Smart Agro Mega Food Park will benefit the people of Nizamabad District and the people of nearby Districts of Nirmal, Jagtial, RajannaSircilla Kamareddy of Telangana &Nanded district of Maharashtra state. This Mega Food Park has been set up in 78 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 108.95 crore.