The Maharashtra’s first Mega Food Park named as Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. was inaugurated at Degaon Village in Satara district by Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal. This is overall 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in country so far and 10th operationalized during tenure of present government.
The Mega Food Park will leverage additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in park. It will eventually lead to turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually. The park will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs) catchment areas.
Mega Food Park Scheme
Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the scheme to give major fillip to food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of supply chain with particular focus on perishables.
The scheme aims to create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through cluster based approach. Projects under it are merged under comphrehensive flagship scheme of ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana’.
Under it, common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre (CPCs) and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near farm in form of PPCs and CCs. For it, Government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.