According to a PIB release, the Government of India has approved establishment of five new mega food parks in the second phase under the Scheme for Infrastructure Development, in addition to 10 on-going project approved in the first phase. This information was given by Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries in the Lok Sabha.
For the five newly approved mega food parks, Expression of Interest (EoI) have been called for from ten states namely, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Bihar, Orissa, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Tripura.
These proposals are under appraisal by a multi skilled professional agency who has been appointed as Program Management Agency (PMA). As per the laid down procedure, the merit of these proposals are required to be evaluated by a Technical Committee (TC). On the recommendation of TC, Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee selects most suitable proposal for granting ‘In-principle’ approval.
The mega food park project aimed at enhancing farmers’ income significantly. Each park was expected to benefit around 6000 farmers/producers directly and about 25000-30000 farmers indirectly.