Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has inaugurated the Zoram Mega Food Park Ltd at Kolasib in Mizoram through a virtual conference. It is inaugurated in the presence of Shri Rameswar Teli, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region. The Mega Food Park built at a cost of Rs 75 crore and spread over 55 acres of land. It will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the region. This is the first Mega Food Park operationalized in the State of Mizoram.
Describing the inauguration, Mrs Badal said that it will go a long way in realizing the dream of PM Shri Narendra Modi for an Atmanirbhar Bharat. She informed that in the last six years, 88 projects including 7 in Mizoram initiated for the entire North-Eastern Region with an outlay of Rs1000 crore. It will directly benefit 3 lakh farmers and will provide job opportunities to 50,000 youth from the region. Smt. Badal said that the Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 Crore in about 30 food processing units in the park. This would eventually lead to a total turnover of about Rs 450-500 Crores annually.
Smt. Badal added that the government is fully committed to providing a smooth, transparent and easy environment for investors. It is highly beneficial for investors to start an enterprise in India and to make India a resilient food economy and Food Factory of the World. Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is focusing on boosting food processing industry. So, that agriculture sector grows exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income.
Sh. Rameswar Teli, MoS, FPI said that the State Government of Mizoram has extended great cooperation in the setting up of this MFP. He added that the facilities being provided in Zoram MFP will not only reduce food wastage but would also lead to value addition in food products. He further said that this park will help in enhancing the income of farmers and ensuring fair price of farm produce. In the last 6 years, 37 Mega Food Parks have been approved and 18 of them are already in operation.
Who will be benefited?
MOFPI said that the modern infrastructure created at the MFP will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Mizoram and adjoining areas. Graduate and unemployed students have a chance to earn their livelihood. A small entrepreneur has a great chance to expand their market across the country. Small tribe and local people will get a lot of job opportunity. Farmers will be benefited the most because they got a market to sell their crops and receive fair prices in return. This Mega Food Park will benefit the people from Kolasib, Mamit & Aizawl District of Mizoram and Hailakandi, Cachar of Assam.
Ministry has approved the MFP to give a push for growth and boost of food processing sector in the State of Mizoram. The Mega Food Park at Village-Khamrang, Mizoram is promoted by M/s Zoram Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.
What are the facilities available?
M/s Zoram Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. is fully equipped with modern technologies, machinery and equipments. The facilities of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage-1000MT, Drywarehouse-3000 MT, Aseptic pulp line with canning, aseptic and tetra packing-2 MT/Hr, Ripening Chambers-40MT/Hr, Spices drying facility-2MT/Hr, and Food Testing Laboratory. The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs. There are 3 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Champhai, Thingfal and Thenzawl having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms in the catchment area to benefit farmers.
Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh said that it will help in doubling the income of farmers in the area. There will be only 40% wastage of fruits in the absence of any processing unit. The Minister said that the rich and high variety of fruits could also be sold as pure packaged juice in major metropolitan cities. He said the North-East Region has the potential to become the Organic Destination of the world. He informed that Sikkim has already been declared as an organic state.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Zoram Mega Food Park located near National Highway 54. This will help in overcoming transportation constraints. It will soon become a major milestone for the storage and processing of a high variety of foods, spices, fruits and vegetables grown in the region.
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