Noney: Textiles, commerce and iIndustry minister Nemcha Kipgen laid foundation stone for Primary Processing Center (PPC), Noney district under Manipur Mega Food Park at Gaidimjang village, Khoupum in the presence of chairman, Hill Area Committee and local MLA, Dinganglung (Dipu) Gangmei.
Once this PPC is completed and functional, there will be a major boost to the food processing sector thereby adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables. Facilities for primary processing and storage are created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers, Nemcha said.
She urged the locals to utilize the upcoming infrastructures in the best way and further contribute to the socio-economic development of the state.
The ministry of food processing industries is implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country to 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. The project aims to facilitate the establishment of a strong food processing industry backed by an efficient supply chain, which includes Primary Processing Centres, Central Processing Centre (CPC) and Cold Chain infrastructure, she said.
CPC will include common facilities like Testing Laboratory, Cleaning, Grading, Sorting and Packing Facilities, Dry Warehouses, specialized storage facilities including Controlled Atmosphere Chambers, Pressure Ventilators, variable Humidity Stores, pre-cooling Chambers, Ripening Chambers, Cold Chain Infrastructure including Reefer Vans, Packaging Unit, Irradiation Facilities, Steam Sterilization Units, Steam Generating Units, Food Incubation cum Development Centers etc.
PPCs will include facilities such as dry warehouses, specialized cold stores including pre-cooling chambers. It is expected that there will be a creation of direct and indirect employment of about 2000-3000 persons. The Mega food park on being fully operational will also benefit about 25000 farmers in the state.
Manipur Food Industries Corporation Limited (MFICL) is the implementing agency for the said PPC. There is an ongoing development of Central Processing Center at Yaithibi, Thoubal district and eight PPC in Ukhrul, Chandel, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Bishnupur, Imphal East, Jiribam and Noney districts.
Commissioner, commerce and industry, Pradeep Kumar Jha, additional secretary, TCI, Luckyson Kashung, MD, MFICL, Joel Haokip, concerned officials of the department accompanied the minister.