Odisha’s first Mega Food Park inaugurated in Rayagada

Inauguration of Mega Food Park Rayagada: The first Mega Food Park in Odisha was inaugurated by Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Bhujabal in Rayagada district here on Thursday.

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti were present during the inauguration.

The Mega Food Park has been set up on 50.05 acres of land at a cost of Rs 80.17 crores.

The Union government has provided a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 crores for the project, which has facilities of fully operational industrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, Rice Processing Complex of 12 TPH, Dry WareHouse of 10,000 MT capacity, Cold Store of 2500 MT, Multi Fruit Processing facility and other food processing facilities.

The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and six Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Kashipur, Padampur, Umerkote, Koraput, Digapahandi and Khordha having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.

The Park will provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit about 25000 farmers in the Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs) catchment areas.

The food park was set up by the MITS Mega Food Park Private Limited, a special purpose vehicle (SPV). MITS, a leading education group, is the lead promoter of the project with 51 per cent stake while State-owned Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO), Keventer Agro Limited (KAL) and Expo Biotech, a research organisation have shareholdings of 18 per cent, 26 per cent and five per cent respectively.