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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 188
ANSWERED ON:  11.12.2018
Food Processing Parks
SAUGATA ROY
Will the Minister of



FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES be pleased to state:-


(a) whether the Government has any proposal to set up Food Processing Parks in the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether any State Government has requested the Union Government to set up food processing parks; and

(d) if so, the details thereof along with the action taken thereon?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
(SADHVI NIRANJAN JYOTI)

(a) & (b) : Yes Madam, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been implementing Mega Food Park Scheme since 11th Five Year Plan to create modern infrastructure for the food processing. Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided as grants-in-aid @50% of the eligible project cost in general areas and 75% of eligible project cost in difficult and hilly areas i.e. North East Region including Sikkim, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and ITDP notified areas of the States, subject to a maximum Rs. 50.00 crore per project. Mega Food Park project is implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) registered under the Companies Act, or State Government/ State Government entities/ Cooperatives. Minimum 50 acres of land is required for a project. Under the scheme of Mega Food Park, the Government has so far approved 42 Mega Food Parks to be set up in the country. Out of these, 39 projects have been accorded final approval and 3 projects have been accorded In-principle approval.

(c) & (d): The Mega Food Park proposals are received against Expressions of Interest (EoI) as and when invited by the Ministry. The projects are selected based on the merit through a stringent appraisal process as per the prefixed criteria in the Scheme Guidelines. Out of the total 42 Mega Food Parks, Ministry has sanctioned Mega food Parks to the State Government entities based on the merit who had applied in response to the EoI invited by the Ministry. The details of Mega Food Parks sanctioned to the State Government entities is at Annexure.


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