A mega food park provides various facilities to food processors, farmers, retailers and exporters, helping achieve faster growth of food processing industries.
The total project cost estimated to set up these 17 mega food parks is Rs 2,030 crore, of which the central grant would be Rs 850 crore.
An estimated investment of another Rs 4,000 crore would be from food processing units to be set up in these parks.
Under the scheme (2008-09) of mega food parks, the Food Processing Ministry had sanctioned 42 projects throughout the country. Of these, 25 parks have already been allocated.
She said basic infrastructure in these food parks needs to be set up within 30 months. In each mega food park, 40-50 food processing units would come up.
Five state governments, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, have been allocated one food park each, while Kerala government has been allocated 2 food parks.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Jain Agro Trading Company and Ruchi Acroni Industries are among 10 private players who have been allocated food parks by the Centre.
In these mega food parks, 80,000 people are expected to get employment while 5 lakh farmers would also be benefitted.
Badal further said only 2% of total fruits, vegetables and grains produced in the country are processed.
The Mega Food Park Scheme, based on cluster approach, is modelled on hub and spoke architecture. It aims at facilitating the establishment of a strong food processing industry backed by an efficient supply chain, which includes collection centres, central processing centre (CPC) and cold chain infrastructure.
The scheme envisages one time capital grant of 50% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a maximum of Rs 50 crore in general areas, and 75% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a ceiling of Rs 50 crore in difficult and hilly areas, including the North-East and J&K