The Concept of Mega Food Park

The Mega Food Park is an inclusive concept which is aimed at establishing direct linkages from the farm to processing and on to the consumer markets, through a network of collection centres and Primary Processing Centres. Efficient logistics facilities will connect the collection centres to the primary processing centres, which in turn will be connected to a central processing centre.

The Mega Food Park will have a Central Processing Centre as the nuclei of all value addition activities facilitated by Primary Processing Centres, which will act as point of aggregation and primary handling to provide ready to use raw materials to be processed further in the units to be set up in the CPC. The PPCs will be fed by field Collection Centres which will be the first point of contact with growers.

The collection centres which will be managed by local entrepreneurs will serve as farm level aggregation points for adjoining areas within a radius of about 10 Kms. The collection centres, while serving as the primary nodes for the Mega Food Park network will also enhance farm level value realization by providing direct market access to the farmers. Also it is expected that the collection centres will in course of time emerge as centres of rural commerce thereby spurring economic activity in the area.

The primary processing centres which will be located near natural aggregation points will serve a number of collection centres lying in close proximity. The primary processing centres will provide facilities for storage, sorting grading cleaning etc. Some of the PPCs may also house facilities for carrying out primary processing like pulping and juicing. Each primary processing centre will also have transportation facilities like refrigerated vans, trucks etc for transportation of goods from the collection centres and to the central processing centre. Storage facilities will include all weather warehouses and cold storage / modified temperature storages wherever required.

The Central Processing facility will be an industrial park spread over an area of about 50 acres and will house a number of processing units owned by different business houses. Developed plots of land will be provided to the large and midsized units while Common Design Factory Sheds will be provided to small scale units. The park will provide common facilities such as water, electricity and effluent treatment apart from specialized facilities like cold storage, ware housing, logistics and backward integration through the network of primary processing centres and collection centres.