Maharashtra gets its first mega food park in Satara

The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal who cut the ribbon along with other prominent dignitaries said that her ministry is focusing on doubling farmer’s income


Mumbai: The inauguration of Maharashtra’s first mega food park happened on 1st March, 2018 at Village Degaon in Satara district at the hands of Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries and in the presence of Mr Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, of Maharashtra. This is the 12th mega food park operationalized in the country so far.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms H K Badal said that her ministry 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.

To give a major fillip to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. 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 Crore per mega food park project.

The Minister informed that the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually. The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

Mrs Badal also said that the present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the food factory of the World, the government has made food processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’. The Minister said that food processing sector will contribute immensely towards ‘doubling farmers income’ in the coming years and the Ministry is working tirelessly to achieving this goal through implementation of projects under the flagship scheme of ‘Pradhan MantriKisan SAMPADA Yojana’.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra assured that this food park will be one of the best food processing industries in the country. Food parks are s need of the hour to make the agriculture sustainable, he added.

On this occasion, the many Members of Parliament including Mr Sharad Pawar, Mr Udayanraje Bhonsle, Mr Sanjay Patil and Mr Hanmantrao Gaikawad, Chairman, BVG group and other dignitaries were present.