India’s first Aqua Mega Food Park commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on February 12, 2019 commissioned Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park at Tundurru Village in Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh through video conferencing.

The park is promoted by Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park Pvt. Ltd. It will be the first Mega Aqua Food Park operationalised exclusively for fish and marine products processing in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Key Highlights

The Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park Pvt. Ltd has been set up in 57.81 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 122.60 crores.

The facilities created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include pre-processing line for fish of 1.5 TPH, pre-processing line for shrimp of 1.5 TPH, freezing of fish of 1.5 TPH, freezing of shrimp of 1.5 TPH, cold storage for fish of 2000MT, cold storage for shrimp of 1000MT, ice plant, food testing laboratory besides state of art enabling infrastructure.

The park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 2 PPCs at Amalapuram EG-District and Karlapalem, Guntur District having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms in the catchment area to benefit farmers.

This mega food park will benefit the people of West Godavari-District as well as nearby Districts of East Godavari, Krishna of Andhra Pradesh and nearby districts of Telangana.

Significance

The modern infrastructure for food processing created at park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas immensely and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Background

The Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country to give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables.

The mega food parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach.

Further, common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at central processing centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs).

Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance upto Rs 50.00 crore per mega food park project.

Besides this aqua food park, the Ministry had sanctioned another mega food park in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated on July 9, 2012.

Currently, the third Mega Food Park sanctioned by the Ministry is under implementation at Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh.

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