Ranchi: It is not just Madhya Pradesh. Jharkhand has now got its first mega food park, too, promoted by Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd. It was inaugurated today by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries at Village Getalsud in the district of Ranchi.
Speaking on the occasion, Badal informed that this Mega Food Park has been set up with the project cost of Rs 114.73 crore in an area of 51.50 acre. The park will have facilities of all the facilities that its counterpart in Madhya Pradesh does.
This park project will help in providing better prices to farmers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to agricultural produce and create huge opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment for the youth of the State. Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Ram Tahal Choudhary, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Ranchi were also present on the occasion.
The Jharkhand Mega Food Park will benefit the people of Ranchi district and the people of nearby districts of Lohardaga, Gumla, Ramgarh, Garhwa, Koderma, Hazaribagh, etc as well. This food park has a central processing centre in Ranchi and 6 primary processing centres are being set up at Lohardaga, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Belchampa, Domchach and Patratu to provide strong backward linkages. The park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6,000 people and benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers in the catchment area.
Featured image: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das interacting with families of farmers yesterday.