Source: The Economic Times, Nov 24, 2020
Food Processing minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated a mega food park (MFP) at Phagwara in Kapurthala district of Punjab that will benefit 25,000 farmers and create 5,000 jobs, an official statement said. “Punjab and Haryana have significant role in development of agriculture sector of India. This MFP built at project cost of Rs 107.83 crores and spread over 55 acres of land is expected to benefit about 25000 farmers,” he said. Till date, 37 MFPs have been sanctioned and 20 have already started functioning.
Tomar added that due to untiring efforts of farmers of these two states, India is not only self reliant in food grains but is food surplus. He said that Punjab has been ahead in production of rice and wheat however, due to reduced ground water levels, diversification of crops is required for which Punjab farmers have taken several steps.
“Food processing sector needs to be focussed upon so that farmers get fair prices and related sectors can also benefit,” he said in a statement. The Sukhjit mega food park is equipped with warehouses, silos ,cold storage, deep freezer and other related food processing facilities.
Tomar said that the government is continuously working for welfare of farmers under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A Rs 10,000 crore fund has been created under Aatmanirbhar Bharat, for development of food processing sector which will benefit farmers and create employment opportunities, he said. Rameswar Teli, MoS, food processing, said that latest technology and processing facilities will reduce wastage of food products and ensure fair prices for farmers.