24 November 2020, New Delhi, IN: Union Minister for Food Processing Industries today virtually inaugurated Sukhjit Mega Food Park (MFP) at Phagwara in Kapurthala district of Punjab. Mr. Tomar said that Punjab and Haryana have significant role in development of agriculture sector of India.
He added that due to untiring efforts of farmers of these two states, India is not only self reliant in food grains but is food surplus. He said that Punjab has been ahead in production of rice and wheat however, due to reduced ground water levels, diversification of crops is required for which Punjabfarmers have taken several steps. He said that food processing sector needs to be focussed upon so that farmers get fair prices and related sectors can also benefit.
This Mega Food Park is built at project cost of Rs 107.83 crores and spread over 55 acres of land. It is expected to benefit about 25000 farmers and likely to generate employment of about 5000 persons. It is equipped with Raw Material/Finished goods Warehouses (3944Sqm), Silos (20000 MT), Cold Storage (3000 MT), IQF & Deep Freezer (IQF: 2 MT/hr + Deep Freezer: 2000 MT) & other related food processing facilities.
Mr. Tomar highlighted that research has huge role to play in agriculture sector and ICAR has been doing great research which is benefitting the country. He asked Punjab Government to send proposals related to research and assured that Union Government would consider those proposals with all seriousness. Mr. Tomar said that Sukhjit Mega Food Park would prove to be a milestone in the progress of food processing sector.