Major boost to Food Processing Industry with revolutionary Food Park at Ladhowal
Punjab’s industrial capital, Ludhiana will see a first of its kind Mega Food Park at Ladhowal, located close to the city. The food park, which would be revolutionary in the food processing industry, will be built with an estimated investment of Rs 140 crore.
What will it mean for the economy of Punjab?
As per the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) Punjab is among the four states of the country which is a potential location for setting up of food parks. The Ladhowal park which is to come up on 100 acres will provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing besides also providing plug and play facilities for the micro small and medium enterprises (MSME’s), which will in a way support such enterprises besides of course adding a lot to the economy of the state. In all 60 acres of the land will be used for food processing units and the remaining 40 acres for common facilities.
Over 30,000 to be employed
The greatest contribution of the park would be employment generation. It is expected to employ 700 people, in addition to direct employment to 1800 people in the food processing units and 28,000 people will get indirect employment.
The park is being set up by the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC). According to PAIC Managing Director, K.S. Pannu, the park would serve as a centre for food processing and will provide ultra-modern facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market.
Collection centres across Punjab
While the Central Processing Centre (CPC) would be located at Ladhowal the processing and collection centres would in cities where there is abundance of fruits and vegetables. These include Sangrur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Faridkot, and Tarn Taran.
There will be processing units of frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen French fries, milk, maize, bakery products, wheat pasta, tomato and chilli, snack foods, chicken, fish, goat, eggs, malt, honey and turmeric.
This move of the Punjab government will help it in getting big investments in the food processing industry, which is also evident from the agro-industrial and food processing policy of the state, which have a provision for incentives for investors.
How will it benefit farmers?
The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had last year waived off the External Development Charges (EDC) for the upcoming food parks in Punjab. To accomplish his vision for a benefitting the farmers, this decision will go a long way as it will help the industry grow and farmers will get exceptional returns of their produce. The food processing industry and cold chain industry would undoubtedly get promoted with this decision.
The government is also in talks with Reliance for investment in the food processing sector. As per experts farmers will get direct access to the markets and the rural agrarian economy is sure to witness a sea change in a short time (http://goo.gl/izMsmg).
|BOX: Facilities at CPC
· Quick Freezing Unit for Vegetables
· Warehouse for raw material
· Cold storage and pre-cooling chambers
· Deep Freezers and Milk Chilling Unit
· Food incubation centre and testing lab