Food processing is high on agenda for Telangana, says KTR

Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.

Hyderabad: The Mega Food Park, that the Telangana State is implementing at Khammam, will be up and running in a year. It already has three anchor units starting work as part of the park.The food park will have a cold storage, warehouse and other facilities will be set up, said KT Rama Rao, Telangana Industries Minister.

Khammam apart, three more mega food parks have been sanctioned to Telangana and these will be taken up by private entities, he said adding that the government will make efforts to ensure that they also stick to the plans in view of employment generation possiblities.

Speaking at the roadshow of World Food India 2017, a food processing industry event being planned in November by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Confederation of Indian Industry at New Delhi, the Minister said that grain production in the State has quadrupled now when compared to the situation in 2014, when the State came into being.

Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.

Though the agri production in the State was good, there were post-harvest challenges including shortage of storage space. Now, the State is increasing the storage capacity to 21 lakh tonne from four lakh tonne capacity earlier. For this, it had taken Rs 1,024 crore loan from Nabard. About 50 per cent of it is completed and the full 21 lakh tonne capacity would be available in about a year, Rao said.

Telangana has embarked on rejuvenating 46,000 lakes through Mission Kakatiya and will aid in increasing the irrigation acreage in the State. This will augur well for the food processing industry in the State, he said adding that diversified business conglomerate has already announced its plans for Rs 1,000 crore in the segment in the State.

Being a landlocked State, Telangana was working to use the existing resources to the optimum. It is now planning for India’s biggest dryport.

The State had launched a single window clearance –TSiPass- for giving approvals for industrial units in June 2015 and since then has given approvals to about 4,000 proposals worth Rs 76,000 crore. These would create a direct employment to 2.5 lakh people while the indirect employment could be at least two fold of this, the minister said.

As part of its blue revolution efforts, the State had last year provided 27 lakh fish seedlings last year. This year, it plans to provide 50 lakh seedlings free of cost. The State was also the leading producer of poultry and meat. Telangana has taken up sheep rearing programme with an outlay of Rs 5,000 crore. Under this programme, it aims to distribute 80 lakh sheep to 35 lakh beneficiaries form the Yadava community. This exercise too would give an impetus to the food processing industry in the State, he said.

For the State-owned Vijaya Dairy, it was procuring milk by paying an extra Rs 4 per litre to encourage farmers.