Food processing to help double farmers' income by 2022: Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the Prime Minister doubled the allocation of her ministry as food processing can help in achieving his goal of doubling farmers income by 2022.
Badal inaugurated the Satara Mega Food Park (SMFP), set up with an investment of Rs 140 crore. "We gave a subsidy of Rs 50 crore to SMFP. Earlier government had approved 42 Mega Food Park projects. But only two had become operational. During the four years of our government, , 12 parks have become operational," she said.
Hanmat Gaikwad, chairman of BVG India, which does housekeeping of most of India's important establishments like the Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister's House and of top Indian and multinational companies, is the promoter of SMFP.
Gaikwad, who has impressed the Prime Minister and the Niti Ayog with his plan of doubling farmers's income said, "Cities like Ahemdabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Thane, Hyderabad , Bangalore etc, where most of India's rich people who live and ports like JNPT can be reached overnight from Satara."
Differentiating SMFP from other Food Parks, Gaikwad said that other food parks offer only plots and facilities for use.
"We will provide not only place at the food park but will provide all the raw materials, get the required government sanctions, can run their factories , supply of manpower and help with transport solutions with cold chain," BVG has signed MoU with three companies from Israel. Set up with an investment of Rs 150 crore, the Food Park has set up cold storage of 3000 tonne capacity.
Satara district, which has unique locational advantage, produces fruits like strawberries at Mahabaleshwar, export quality grapes and pomegranates in its drought prone areas and spices like turmeric and ginger. Satara is situated close to the Konkan coast having access to fruits like mangoes, jackfruit etc.
Gaikwad said that along with big companies, the park has a seperate area where small players can get plots as small as 500 square feet to 1000 square feet.
By BOA Bureau