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Himachal’s first mega food park in Una

Topics Covered:

  1. Transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

 

Himachal’s first mega food park in Una

 

What to study?

  • For Prelims: Mega food park scheme and mega food parks in the country.
  • For Mains: Need for Mega food parks and other related agricultural issues.

 

Context: Cremica Food Park is the first mega food park of Himachal Pradesh. The Park is located at Village Singhain Una District of Himachal Pradesh. It is set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore.

 

Mega Food Park Scheme:

To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.

The Mega Food Park Scheme is based on “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in a well-defined agri/ horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units along with well-established supply chain.

Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). Under the Scheme, the Centre provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 crore per mega food park project.

 

Problems with Indian food parks:

  1. Promoters have faced difficulties in selling the new concept to banks and, as a result, have failed to secure loans to build the parks.
  2. Acquiring the 50 acres of land, which is mandatory under MFPS, has been another challenge that most developers have failed to address.
  3. Convincing small enterprises to set up shop at these facilities has not been easy.

 

Facts for Prelims:

India’s first mega food park ‘Srini Mega Food Park’, sprawling 147-acre space, was opened in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh in 2012.

Mains Question: Critically comment on the objectives of government’s Mega Food Park scheme and the progress made so far in establishing them.