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Odisha‘s first MITS Mega Food Park inaugurated




 Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated Odisha's first Mega Food Park here set up at an investment of Rs 80.17 crore to benefit tribal farmers.

"The MITS Mega Food Park at Rayagada will generate an annual turnover of about Rs 500 crore and provide employment for 5,000 people and benefit 25,000 farmers," She said after inaugurating the MITS Mega Food Park. Accompanied by Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Kaur said this is the seventh Mega Food Park operationalised in the last three years by the NDA government.

"The Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park," she said.
Kaur said the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.
In a bid 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, she said adding that her ministry is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.
"Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach," she said. 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), she pointed out.
Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs 50 Crore per Mega Food Park project. The Rayagada mega food park spread over 50.05 acre of land. The food park is having facilities of fully operational industrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, Rice Processing Complex of 12 TPH, Dry Ware-House of 10,000 MT, Cold Store of 2500 MT, Multi Fruit Processing facility and other food processing facilities and others.
The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 6 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Kashipur, Padampur, Umerkote, Koraput, Digapahandi and Khordha having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms. Besides the farmers of Rayagada, the Mega Food Park will also benefit the people of adjoining districts of Nabarangpura, Ganjam and Khurdha, she said.
Naveen skips event, BJD alleges breach of protocol, Opposition criticise absence
BHUBANESWAR:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's absence at the inauguration of the Mega Food Park at Rayagada district triggered a row with the ruling Biju Janata Dal today alleging breach of protocol, a charge immediately denied by two Union Ministers.
Though name of Patnaik and Odisha's MSME Minister Prafulla Samal appeared in the invitation cards and public advertisement issued on the occasion of the inauguration of the Rs 80 crore MITS Food Park, none from the State government attended the function at Rayagada.
Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the project in presence of Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, however, rejected the allegation made by the BJD.
"I personally talked to Naveen Babu over phone and invited him to the event. He also assured me of attending the programme or sending ministers as his representatives."
"It is unfortunate that none of the State representative took part in the programme despite my request,” Kaur Badal said.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his displeasure over Patnaik skipping the function.
"It is wrong to say that the chief minister was not invited to the function. Union Minister for Food Processing Industries had written a letter to Patnaik on May 9 and talked to him over phone," Pradhan clarified.
The Oil Minister said that it (Patnaik skipping the event) shows attitude of the state government towards the tribal farmers of Rayagada as none from the state attended the inaugural function while two Union Ministers could come down to this remote district.
The State BJP tagged Patnaik’s absence as BJD’s anti-tribal policy.
“If the Chief Minister really wants growth of tribal people in remote Rayagada district, he would have attended the programme. His presence would have been a boost for local farmers and entrepreneurs. Now, his absence indicated that his development agenda has only confined to his campaign,” BJP vice president of State unit Sameer Mohanty said.
The Union Ministers reaction came after BJD spokesman Samir Ranjan Dash alleged breach of protocol at the inaugural function.
"In a federal set up, chief minister is the head of the State and the chief guest of any government programme. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to take his consent for the inauguration of the food park in Rayagada district. This is violation of protocol. The chief secretary will apprise the matter to Centre soon," Dash told reporters here.
The food park has been developed over a sprawling 50 acre land at a cost Rs 80 crore at Bhujabala under Kolnara block in Rayagada.





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