Staff Reporter

Food Research and Development Centre proposed

PATHANAMTHITTA: Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai will hand over the documents for 35 acres of land to the Food and Civil Supplies Ministry for the proposed Food Research and Development Centre at Konni near here on Saturday.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the project office on the occasion. The proposed Food Research and Development Centre, jointly sponsored by the Union and the State Governments, is estimated to cost Rs.100 crore. The Union Ministry has already sanctioned Rs.20 crore for the first phase of the project. The stone for the project was laid by Mr. Sahai in 2006. Food Minister C. Divakaran will preside. Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas will deliver the keynote address. Chengara Surendran, MP; Adoor Prakash, MLA; S. Santhakumari, president, district panchayat; and Ashok Kumar Singh, District Collector; will address the meeting.