Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal virtually inaugurated a mega food park in Mizoram that has been set up at a cost of Rs 75 crore and will benefit 25,000 farmers as well as generate 5,000 job opportunities. The 55-acre food park, located at village-Khamrang in Kolasib District, Mizoram, is promoted by Zoram Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd. This is the first mega food park operationalized in the state. The project is likely to attract a further investment of Rs 250 crore from about 30 processing units which will be set up in this park. Speaking at the function, Badal emphasised that food processing sector has a potential to generate huge job opportunities for youth, boost farmers income and reduce food wastage in the country. She rued that the processing level in India was still only 10 per cent currently as against 80-90 per cent in many countries including smaller ones. With the setting up of this new mega food park in Mizoram, Badal said the farmers of this north eastern state, which has abundance of fruits and vegetables, would benefit immensely. Zoram Mega Food Park will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC (Core Processing Centre) and PPC (primary processing Centre) catchment areas. Badal said the Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in about 30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually.
Badal said the modern infrastructure for food processing will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Mizoram and adjoining areas immensely. It will give a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.