What is Mega Food Park

The idea of Mega food park is an innovative initiative from Government of India which is expected to facilitate state-of-the-art infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlets. The projects are meant to bring about substantial reduction of wastage, value addition, employment generation and increased income for farmers. A mega food park provides various facilities to food processors, farmers, retailers and exporters, thus help in fast growth of food processing industries. The scheme is tailored to be implemented in a market-driven manner commensurate with global and national demand. Innovative supply chain management will be the key to implementation of this scheme.

Under the guidelines, each mega food park must benefit at least 6,000 farmers/ producers directly and 25,000-30,000 farmers indirectly and generate about 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. The estimated investment in each project will be about Rs.100 crore in common facilities is expected to leverage an additional investment of about of Rs.250 crore. The annual turnover of each project should be Rs.500 crore. In each project, an estimated number of 30-40 food processing industries must be set up.

The scheme is expected to operate in hub and spoke model under which there will be farm proximate Collection Centres (CC) and Primary Processing Centres (PPC) which will set up cleaning, grading, sorting and packing facilities, dry warehouses, specialised cold stores, including pre-cooling chambers, ripening chambers, mobile pre-coolers and mobile collection vans.

India's first mega food park opened in Andhra Pradesh
On July 11, 2012, Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar inaugurated the Srini mega food park at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. The name of the park is Srini Food Park.

As a model `Mega Food Park` and the first of its kind in India, Srini provides state-of-the-art food processing infrastructure designed as per global standards and develops a veritable market place with common facilities on the lines of a software park or a textile park. Mega Food Park is promoted by experienced professionals and supported by the government (the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and the Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure Investment Corporation) and is intended to benefit all components of the value chain.

With the highest growth in the fruits and vegetables sector (20%) and with Chittoor being the largest fruits and vegetables cluster in India, this Mega Food Park becomes an ideal destination for food processing units.

Can you answer this question?

1. With reference to Mega Food Parks, which of the following are correct?
1. Mega Food Parks are implemented in a market-driven manner.
2. Mega Food Parks are implemented in all states of India
3. The first Mega Food Park was opened in Gujarat.
4. Mega Food Park are supported by State Governments also.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 4 Only
(b) 2 and 4 Only
(c) 1 and 3 Only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Part of General Knowledge Trivia Questions and Answers.
Answer source : Hindu News Paper.