Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar virtually inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park on 3 June, along with Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, and in presence of Rameswar Teli, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries.
Tomar said that the Mega Food Park will ensure value addition, longer shelf life for farm produce, better price realization for farmers, excellent storage facility and will provide an alternate market for farmers in the region.
The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to about 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
Tomar also said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at Park will benefit the processors and consumers of Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the State of Chhattisgarh.
Rameswar Teli said that the state-of-the-art infrastructure and processing facilities developed at Indus Best Mega Food Park, will not only reduce wastage of agricultural produce but will also ensure value addition. This will also provide an opportunity to farmers, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and micro-entrepreneurs to undertake processing operations on plug and operate basis and create huge job opportunities in the catchment area of the Park. It will also contribute to doubling farmers' income and will also help in bringing more investments in Chhattisgarh.
Indus Best Mega Food Park has been set up in 63.8 acres of land at a project cost of Rs. 145.5 crore. The facilities created by the Implementing Agency at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Cold Storage - 3,745 MT, Pack House - 10 MT/Hr, Dry warehouse - 12,000 MT, Boiler - 8 MT, Aseptic Pulping & Packaging Line - 6 MT/Hr for mango and 12MT for tomato, IQF and deep Freeze 2MT/hr and 1500 MT, Food Testing Lab besides state of art enabling infrastructure.