Bihar govt to set up three mega food parks

Patna, Nov 6 (PTI) The state government today approved a proposal to set up three mega-food parks to lessen wastage of fruits and vegetables and also promote food processing industry and create employment avenues in Bihar.

A decision to this effect was taken at a special Cabinet meeting on agriculture, presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Agriculture Production Commissioner A K Sinha said the Cabinet decided to set up the mega food parks in a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. He said the state government would give a subsidy of 20 per cent toward creation of basic infrastructure for establishment of the parks.

The mega parks would ensure that the farmers receive the appropriate price for their agriculture produce and would reduce wastage of fruits and vegetables by promoting food processing industry in Bihar, Sinha said. He said about 40 per cent of fruit and vegetable output in the state goes waste at present.

The mega food parks would also lead to development of a major market for agriculture produce, he said.

State ministers for agriculture, land, fishery, energy, and irrigation also attended the meeting.

The Bihar government has constituted a special Cabinet on Agriculture to make the state self-sufficient by boosting foodgrains production. It has set up 14 committees under the special Cabinet, which met here for the third time this year. Out of the 14 committees, 11 have placed their recommendations before the Cabinet on land, agriculture, fishery, energy and irrigation. Sinha said the state government has set a target for irrigation of 44.9 lakh hectares farm land during the ‘Garama’ crop season and decided to complete survey and settlement for updating land records.

Source: IBN Live

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