The first Mega Food
Park in the state of Maharashtra, M/s Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at
Village Degaon, District Satarawas inaugurated March 1st by Union
minister of state for food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal, in the presence of
Maharashtra Chief Minister Deendra
Fadnavis. This is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in
the country so far and the 10th operationalized during the tenure of
Speaking on the
occasion the Minister said that 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.
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 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 up to Rs. 50.00 Crore
per Mega Food Park project.
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.
Ms. 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’.
Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured that this food park will be one of the best
food processing industries in the country. Food Parks is need of the hour
to make the agriculture sustainable, he added.