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Madhya Pradesh’s first mega food park set up at Khargone

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The food park is expected to benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers. MP’s second mega food park to come up in Dewas in the next 24 to 30 months

Madhya Pradesh’s first mega food park, Indus Mega Food Part Pvt Ltd, was inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries, at Khargone on February 12, 2016, giving an impetus to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.
 
Indus Mega Food Park, set up with an investment of about Rs 128 crore in an area of 53.78 acres, is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000 to 30,000 farmers in its catchment area. This food park has a central processing centre at Khargone and three primary processing centres are being set up at Bedia, Ratlam and Ujjain to provide strong backward linkages. The park will have facilities of 3000 MT cold storage, 9000 MT dry warehouse, instant quick freeze (IQF) 5 MT per hour, modern quality control lab and other processing facilities for fruits and vegetables.
 
Badal said, “This mega food park project will create a modern infrastructure for arresting post-harvest losses of horticultural and non-horticultural produce and provide impetus to the growth of food processing sector in Madhya Pradesh. Indus Mega Food Park project will help in providing better prices to farmers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to agricultural produce and create huge opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment for the youth of the State.”
 
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh is planning to set up its second mega food park in Dewas district and expects it to be ready in the next 24 to 30 months. 

Source: Business Standard

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