Earlier this year, it was announced by the Andhra Pradesh government that plans are on to make the state a hub for agro and food processing in the country. Investors and firms were asked to submit proposals for food parks by the end of April and according to release by the government two days ago, so far 65 proposals have been received. The total worth of this is said to be Rs. 3500 crore.
“The government has received 65 proposals to set up mega food parks in the State with a total investment of Rs 3,500 crore,” said Y N Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh Food Processing Society (APFPS).
Under the new food processing policy, Prasad said the government envisages to set up food parks in every district. Each of these mega food parks will have 20 units under it.
The State would also provide Rs 50 crore for each park as financial grant, the officer said, “The Government is actively promoting the food processing industry to transform agriculture into a profitable profession. Transport of agricultural produce, building warehouses and refrigerated go-downs and marketing are important aspects to make agriculture a profitable profession” he said and added “After going scrutinizing the qualifications and capacities of the applicants, the government would finalize entrepreneurs to set up these facilities.”
“The TDP-led administration is very keen to promote ‘Farmer Producer Councils’. Each of these Councils would have 10 lakh farmers and deal with issues like marketing, storage and processing of agriculture products. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate these Councils soon,” Prasad added.