On October 29, 2018, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park- The Gujarat Agro Mega Food Park, in Surat, Gujarat.
i. It is promoted by M/s Gujarat Agro Infrastructure Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd and is located at Village Shah and Vasravi, Taluka Mangrol, District Surat.
ii. This has been set up in 70.15 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 117.87 crore.
iii. Various facilities in the Food Park include:
• Multi Chamber Cold Store of 3,500 MT (1,500 MT Frozen & 2,000 MT MA),
• Warehouse of 5,000 MT,
• IQF of 2 TPH,
• Pulping Line,
• QC Laboratory etc.
iv. It also has 4 PPCs at Bharuch, Padra (Vadodara), Valsad and Navsari having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.
v. It will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park.
vi. It is also expected to generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.
vii. It will benefit the the people of Surat District and Districts of Navsari, Tapi, Narmada & Bharuch and provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC.
viii. Additionally, a 2nd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned by the Ministry in Mehsana District of Gujarat.
To reduce food wastage, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. Primary processing and storage is created in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs).
Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.
Ministry of Food Processing Industries:
♦ Union Minister: Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
♦ Minister of State: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
♦ Secretary: Smt. Pushpa Subrahmanyam.