Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 26
Former union meals processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated on Monday that the third mega meals park in Punjab, which is among the many prime 5 within the maize sector within the nation, would profit farmers moreover leading to crop diversification.
In a press release right here, Badal, whereas congratulating the promoters of Sukhjit Mega Meals Park for profitable graduation of operations, stated moreover creating an enormous demand for maize cultivation and produce, it could additionally lay the muse of the maize processing business within the State.
“The anchor unit within the Park has a maize grind capability of 600 tonnes per day. Apart from this, processing models, which embody these for processing coarse grains, fruits, greens and oil seeds, are additionally arising on the mega meals park,” she stated.
Stating that a big a part of the Ssate can be benefitted by the initiation of maize processing in Punjab, Badal stated the mega meals park had additionally established three main processing centres at Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Amritsar. She stated these centres would create a readymade marketplace for maize farmers.
“The processing heart at Hoshiarpur is prepared whereas these at Amritsar and Jalandhar, which even have chilly storage amenities moreover dry warehousing and grading yards, are set to be accomplished quickly. This can scale back wastages severely and guarantee optimum worth to farmers for his or her maize crop,” she stated.
The previous minister stated Sukhjit mega Meals Park was among the many three mega initiatives together with one at Fazilka and Ludhiana, which she had been facilitated by the meals processing ministry throughout her tenure. She stated the ministry had given a grant of Rs 47 crore for the Phagwara Park moreover acquiring varied approvals on its behalf from State and central companies.
The Bathinda MP stated Punjab had obtained an funding of Rs 1,200 crore within the meals processing sector throughout her tenure within the meals processing ministry which might profit 1.25 lakh farmers moreover giving employment to 40,000 folks.
She stated these initiatives had resulted in attracting non-public funding of Rs 800 crore by means of 41 initiatives together with 19 chilly chains, seven meals testing laboratories, three clusters, 4 meals processing models and 4 backward-forward linkage initiatives.
“A grant of Rs 400 crore was given for these initiatives,” she added.