Mega Food Park Scheme
Recently, the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries virtually inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
It is built under the Mega Food Park Scheme
By this food park, about 5000 people will get employment and about 25000 farmers will be benefited.
Mega Food Park Scheme
- It was launched in 2008-09to 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.
- TheMinistry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.
- Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chainfrom farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach.
- To provide a mechanism to link agricultural production to the marketby bringing together farmers, processors and retailers so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastage, increasing farmers income and creating employment opportunities particularly in the rural sector.
- The Scheme is based on the “Cluster” approachand envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in a well-defined agri/horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units in the industrial plots provided in the park with a well-established supply chain.
- A Mega food Park typically consists of supply chain infrastructure including collection centers (cc), primary processing centers (ppc) central processing centers (cpc), cold chainand around 25-30 fully developed plots for entrepreneurs to set up food processing units.
- The central government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50 Croreper Mega Food Park (MFP) project.
- The MFP project isimplemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is a Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act, 2013.
- SPV is a subsidiary company that is formed to undertake a specific business purpose or activity.
- Presently, 22 Mega Food Parks are operational. It is in line with the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ vision of the Government of India.
Benefits of Mega food parks:
- Will benefit 6000 farmers directly and 25000-30000 farmers indirectly.
- The clearly demarcated task domains reduces confusion and increases efficiency.
- Will generate nearly 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in the form of industrial work force, people employed in supply chain, etc. It has potential to reduce rural-urban migration, as it creates jobs in rural areas.
- Will accommodate 30-40 food processing industries in it and will have annual turnover of 500 crore.
- Will provide efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet, which will reduce farmers operational costs as farmers can utilise the cold storages, ripening chambers and ware houses.
- Good transportation facilities such as reefer trucks and vans