CM launches food processing units

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In a virtual function Jagan said his government helping farmers

Amaravati, July 25: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy virtually inaugurated six food processing units and laid foundation stone for another five units from the Camp Office here on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister launched four primary vegetable and fruit processing centres in Annamayya and Chittoor districts, millet processing unit at L Kota in Vizianagaram district, Onion and Tomato dehydration cluster at Thadakanepalle in Kurnool district and laid foundation stones for three primary tomato  processing centres in Satya Sai and Anantapur districts, groundnut processing unit at Dharmavaram in Satya Sai district and Mondelez India Foods in Sri City, Chittoor district.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Government is helping farmers in selling their produce for MSP through RBKs.

We are launching 421 primary processing collection centres mapped to 1912 RBKs and 43 cold storage rooms linked to 194 RBKs, he said, adding there would be a total of 945 collection centres and the works of 344 cold storage rooms are in progress.

While cold storage rooms, drying platforms, collection centres, grading and segregation units should be linked to RBKs as part of primary processing, secondary processing units should be established at district level, he said.

Whenever farmers do not get MSP for their produce, we are helping them through RBKs by intervention and primary and secondary processing centres would play key role in this, he said.  These centres would play proactive role in future in facilitating better prices.

The Chief Minister said that he was happy to lay foundation stone for the Rs. 1600 crore unit of Mondelez India Foods in Sri City in Chittoor district. “I wish all success to this Company which manufactures chocolates, Cadbury and Bournvita.  Its readiness to invest Rs. 1500crore in the second phase speaks of the confidence the industry has in the Government.

In the last four years, we have spent Rs. 8000crore through intervention for providing MSP whenever there was price fall and AP is the only state in the country to have provided MSP even for millets and linking them with PDS through RBKs,” he said, adding that the Government has been giving MSP even for crops which are not covered by the Centre.

The 55,620 MT capacity groundnut processing unit at Dharmavaram would help 15,000 groundnut farmers, he said, adding that the Rs.75crore unit would become functional in nine months.

The four vegetable and fruit processing centres in Annamayya and Chittoor districts would help 2414 farmers while the proposed tomato processing units in Satya Sai and Anantapuram districts will help at 3,588 farmers.

He said that 32 primary and 13 secondary processing units for millets are coming up soon. The 7,200 MT capacity secondary millet processing unit in Vizianagaram district will help millet farmers, he said.

Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation K. Govardhana Reddy, Chief Secretary Dr. K.S. Jawahar Reddy, Special Chief Secretary (Agriculture) Gopalakrishna Dwivedi), Principal Secretary (Marketing and Cooperation) Chiranjeevi Choudary, Horticultural Commissioner SS Sridhar, AP Food Processing Society CEO, L Sridhar Reddy and representatives of food processing units were present.

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