Madhya Pradesh [MPPSC] Current Affairs - 2019

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First Mega Food Park of Central India inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Steel Silo based Avantee Mega Food Park in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. This is the first food park of central India.

About Avantee Mega Food Park

It is spread over 51 acres and has been constructed at a cost of about Rs.150 crore. About 5 thousand local people are expected to get employment from this Mega Food Park.  Processing of gram, wheat, soyabean and other grains and vegetables will be done in park. Warehouses will also be opened in Agar, Indore, Dhar, Ujjain and in next phases.

Benefit: Excess production compels farmers to sell their produces at low rates. Since the mega food park is now present in the region, farmers will be able to earn more through value addition by storing their produces after getting facility of food processing and storage.

What is Mega Food Park?

It is a scheme of Union Ministry of Food Processing which aims to establish direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets through a network of collection centres and primary processing centres.

Indian Army successfully test-fires Spike LR missile

Indian Army has successfully test fired two Spike long- range Anti-Tank Missiles from an Infantry School at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and several commanders witnessed the firing of the newly acquired missiles which are expected to further boost Army’s combat prowess.

What is Spike LR missile?

Spike anti-tank missiles is a 4th generation missile which can engage any target with precision at ranges up to 4 km. It is developed and designed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The missile is man-portable and has its own vehicle-launch and helicopter-launched variants. It will bolster Indian Army’s fire power capability.


For the nearly last three decades (30 years), the Indian Army has been using outdated 2nd generation missiles. In 2011 a Request for Proposal (RFP) was floated for over 8000 missiles to Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Spike missile was the only one to qualify after going through a complex procurement process. Ministry of Defence completed negotiation in 2016 but programme did not see light of the day as the government was in favour of indigenously developing the missiles through India’s DRDO. Later, to overcome the critical capability void and to meet urgent operational requirement, Indian Army procured a limited quantity of Spike LR missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel. India thus became 33rd country in world to have Spike missile as a part of its inventory.