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Naidu lays foundation stone for Ultra Mega Food Park

Giving a boost to agro-processing in the state, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday laid the foundation stone for Ultra Mega Food Park in Tangadacha in Jupadu Bungalow mandal in Nandikotkur of Kurnool district.

The Jain Irrigation Food Park is being established in 758 acres with a food processing set up that will include fruit processing, vegetables and spices processing, agri biotech and R&D centre.

Under the manufacturing set up, the food park includes micro-irrigation systems, PVC & PE Pipes and Tissue Culture while technology innovations will constitute product and crop demonstration centre, water-harvesting demonstration centres and renewable energy hubs.

“Given that food habits are changing with lifestyles and the demand for food is a growing concern, we believe R&D will help us understand the existing trends in food, understand the consumption of certain foods and predict the need for future. We will continue to conduct research on various agriculture practices which will help us increase the yield” the Chief Minister said.

The Ultra Mega Food Park will cater to the growing needs of the agro-processing industry and will serve as the anchor for the district, he added.

Later, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for Gujarat Ambuja Exports facility with an investment of Rs. 240 crore in 200 acres.

The company is setting up a Maize Processing unit in Orvakallu of Kurnool district which will offer both direct and indirect employment to locals. This unit will crush 750 MT of Maize and will have a derivates (of Maize) capacity of 350 TPD.

“These investments reflect our decentralised development strategy for the state,” the Chief Minister said, continuing the government has plans to set up food parks in every district. (INN)