Foundation stones laid for Mega Food Parks at Palakkad and Alappuzha in Kerala

Giving a big push to the infrastructure development for food processing in Kerala, foundation stones were laid for two Mega Food Parks, one at Palakkad and another at Alappuzha in two separate ceremonies yesterday.
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) is developing the Park at Palakad and by Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) in Alappuzha.
At Palakad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries laid the foundation stone in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The foundation stone for Mega Food Park at Alappuzha was laid by Mr Vijayan.
On both the occasions, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Mr A C Moideen, Kerala Minister of Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, were present. 
Mr. P. Thilothaman, Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Kerala, participated in the ceremony at Alappuzha.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Badal said her Ministry is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially to become a major contributor in doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.
To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, the Ministry is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme. 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, the Government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50 crore per Mega Food Park project.
At Palakad, Ms Badal said the Mega Food Park is being set up in 78.68 acres of land at the cost of Rs. 119.02 crore. The facilities being created by KINFRA at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Pack house (Sorting grading packing) of 10 MT/hr, Warehouse of 12000 MT, Silos of 6000 MT, Multi Product Cold Storage of 5000 MT, Spices & Condiments 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, 4 PPCs at Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Wayanad having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms, are also being set up.
The Mega Food Park at Alappuzha is being set up in 68.18 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 129.15 crore. The facilities being created by the KSIDC at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage of 3000 MT, Deep Freeze Unit of 3000 MT, Deboning and Canning Unit of 50 tonnes/day, Warehouse of 1000 MT and other food processing facilities. Five PPCs at Thoppumpady, Vypeen, Munambam, Aroor and Neendakara having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms are also being set up.
The Minister said both the Parks will also have common administrative building for office and other use by the entrepreneurs. 
Modern infrastructure for food processing created at the Mega Food Parks will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state. The Mega Food Parks will benefit not only the people of Palakkad and Alappuzha but also the people of their adjoining districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kochi and Kollam, she added.
Each of the Mega Food Parks will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually. Each of the Parks will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit about 25000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
The government has made Food Processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’ initiative. She also highlighted the newly approved SAMPADA Scheme of the ministry and exhorted the farmers / Farmer Producer Organizations / Self Help Groups (SHGs) and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the scheme for fuelling growth of food processing sector in Kerala.


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