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Khandu takes status report on implementation of Mega Food Park scheme

Khandu takes status report on implementation of Mega Food Park scheme

Itanagar, Jan 29 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday took a status report on the implementation of the Mega Food Park scheme at Dolikota near here.

Chairing a meeting here, Khandu expressed satisfaction to note that so far the Food Park has received Letters of Interest from 12 entrepreneurs for setting up food industries in it. Of these while nine are local entrepreneurs, three are multi-national companies. The total investment they would make in the Park stands at Rs 16.7 crores.

“This is a good sign. We need to advertise and sell the feasibility of our park so that many more local and multi-national companies set up industries here. Our farmers would hugely benefit from such food industries,” Khandu observed.

While assuring to complete the responsibilities of the State government like providing road, water and power at the earliest, Khandu urged the promoter to expedite the groundwork at the site.

He also suggested the departments of Agriculture and Horticulture to study the feasibility of produces that can be harvested in the state region-wise vis-à-vis their market demands and prices.

As suggested by the promoter, the CM called for focusing on produces like guava (Lalit), pineapple and lemon, which currently have huge demands in the food processing industries.

He said the Government would strengthen backward linkages by assisting farmers in producing raw materials required by the Food Park.

The state government will also provide best quality saplings to local farmers on subsidized rates to promote backward linkages, he added.

Components of the scheme also include two Primary Processing Centers – one at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district and other at Yachuli in Lower Subansiri. It may be noted that the scheme was sanctioned for Arunachal Pradesh on September 13 last year by the Centre.

The Mega Food Park Scheme of the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastage, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities, particularly in the rural sector.

The Food Park, coming up at Dolikota village near here along the boundary with Assam. Seventy-five acres of land has been procured for the project of which 50 acres provided for food industries. The project promoter is in the process of developing the site and construction of internal infrastructure as per DPR of the Union Ministry. The state government is providing the basic facilities such as road connectivity, water and power supply.

It would have facilities such as pet bottle line, warehouse, multi-chamber cold storage, tetra-packaging line, ripening chamber, food testing laboratory, automated sorting-grading line, canning line, weighing line besides other infrastructure like administrative building, commercial complex, power station, staff quarters, etc.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and officials of the departments of Planning, Industries, Agriculture and Horticulture were present in the meeting.


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