Recently Zoram Mega Park was inaugurated in Mizoram.
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It is the first mega food park of Mizoram.
It will provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit 25000 people.
It will benefit the farmers, growers, the food processing sector and consumers of Mizoram and adjoining areas immensely.
Mega Food Park Scheme:
The Ministry of Food Processing is the nodal ministry for the scheme.
It aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers.
It focuses on maximizing value addition, minimizing wastage, increasing farmers income and creating employment opportunities particularly in rural sector.
Centre gives 50% of the capital grant for establishing a food park s.t maximum 50 crores.
It is 75% for difficult and hilly areas.
The grant-in-aid under the scheme is released in four installments of 30%, 30%, 20% and 20%, subject to other scheme parameters,
It is implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is a Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act.
It is based on the “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in a well-defined agri / horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units in the industrial plots provided in the park with a well-established supply chain.
Mega food parks typically consist of supply chain infrastructure including collection centers, primary processing centers, central processing centers, cold chains and around 25-30 fully developed plots for entrepreneurs to set up food processing units.