Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates Rajasthanâ€™s first mega food park at Ajmer
Ajmer, Mar 29 (IBNS): Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the Greentech Mega Food Park Private Ltd - the first mega food park in Rajasthan - at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer.
The Park has been set up at a cost of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries said in a release.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Rajasthan Minister of Industries Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and Minister of Agriculture Prabhu Lal Saini and Ajmer MP(Lok Sabha)Raghu Sharma were present at the inauguration.
Giving details of the project, Badal said the mega food park, which has been set up in an area of 85.44 acres, will have a central processing centre as well as well as four Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Jaipur, Nagaur, Tonk and Churu.
She said that the park will also have facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms and will not only benefit farmers of Ajmer but also those of nearby districts of Jaipur, Nagaur, Tonk and Churu.
The facilities being created at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage of 5,000 MT, Deep Freeze of 2,550 MT, IQF of 2 MT/Hr, Dry Warehouse for Raw Materials 2,500 MT + Dry Warehouse for Finished Goods of 5,000 MT, Silos of 6,500 MT, Pack House of 10 MT/Hr, Steam Generator of 8 MT/Hr and other related food processing facilities.
Image: HarsimratKaurBadal/TwitterThe union minister said the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.
The minister added that 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.
She also said that modern infrastructure for food processing created at Park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Rajasthan and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in Rajasthan.
She said the food processing industry ministry is creating mega food parks with 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.