Himachal Pradesh Govt to boost food processing industry
New Delhi, Feb 11 (KNN) State Government of Himachal Pradesh is providing all possible assistance to the potential entrepreneurs to establish food and fruit processing units so as to provide employment to the youth, besides strengthening the economy of the farmers and fruit growers, Chief Minister of Himachal, Jai Ram Thakur said.
The Chief Minister was addressing the people through video conference from Shimla after inaugurating Cremica Food Park at Singha in Una district.
Union Cabinet Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal was also present on the occasion through video conference from New Delhi.
The mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore.
This is the first mega food park operationalized in Himachal Pradesh.
The Cremica Mega Food Park will benefit people of Una district and nearby districts of Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur.
The park has been set up in 52.40 acre of land.
Speaking on the occasion, Badal said the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually.
It will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas, she added.
Badal also said that the present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India, and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the Food Factory of the World, the government has made food processing a major thrust area of 'Make in India'. (KNN Bureau)