Badal opens Maharashtra’s second mega food park; calls it a big booster to the growth of food processing in state

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated the second mega food park in Maharashtra. Promoted by Paithan Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd, the Park has located in Wahegaon and Dhangaon village in Paithan Taluka of Aurangabad district.

A 3rd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned by the Ministry in Maharashtra and is under implementation in Wardha District while the first Park was inaugurated on 1st of March 2018 in Satara district.

Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.

The Scheme of Mega Food Park aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors, and retailers so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastages, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities, particularly in the rural sector.

These food parks give a major boost 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.

A maximum grant of R50 crore is given for setting up an MFP, in minimum 50 acres of contiguous land with only 50% contribution to the total project cost.

The Scheme has a cluster-based approach based on a hub and spokesmodel. It includes the creation of infrastructure for primary processing and storage near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs) and common facilities and enabling infrastructure at Central Processing Centre (CPC).

The PPCs are meant for functioning as a link between the producers and processors for the supply of raw material to the Central Processing Centres.

CPC has need-based core processing facilities and basic enabling infrastructure to be used by the food processing units set up at the CPC. The minimum area required for a CPC is 50 acres.

The scheme is demand-driven and would facilitate food processing units to meet environmental, safety and social standards.

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