Food processing park to benefit over 1 lakh farmers

The State has got investments to the tune of Rs.500 crore in the agro products sector from the Biyani Group-owned Future Consumer Enterprise Limited, said Finance Minister Amit Mitra here on Wednesday.

Pointing out that 30 to 40 per cent of total agricultural production went waste in the State , he said “the first phase of Food Processing Park in Kharagpur in the State’s Paschim Medinipur district will benefit 1.50 lakh farmers”, adding that he was hopeful that the project in its second phase would benefit close to 3 lakh farmers. Seven acres of land was allotted for the project and around 25 companies would take part in this project.

According to the Trinamool Congress Website, the State Government received 14 investment applications for the second and third phase of the project. A famous fast food chain was allotted space in the third phase of the project. The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day.

The proposed “Mega Food Park” would come up at Vidyasagar Industrial Park in Kharagpur and it would generate 15,000 jobs, added Mr. Mitra.

The State government also received 32 applications for the 1.25 lakh sq ft of commercial space in the Gems and Jewellery Park, Domjur in Howrah district.

“We have already cleared five applications in this regard.

The rest will also be cleared soon,” Mr. Mitra told journalist’s at the makeshift State Secretariat Nabanna, adding that the State government was also planning to build another tower there as applications for the total currently available space has already been received.

Biyani group invests Rs. 500 crore in agro products sector