The Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (PAIC) will set up a mega food park at a cost of `140.5 crore at Ladhowal over an area of 100 acres.
Disclosing this on Sunday, PAIC managing director KS Pannu said that planning and execution committee under the chairmanship of the state additional chief secretary has been constituted to oversee the progress of setting up of the park. Demarcation of the land at Ladhowal and its station survey has already been done, said Pannu.
He said the primary objective of the park was to provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. It will include creation of centralised processing centre (CPC) at Ladhowal and primary processing centres and collection centres at identified fruits and vegetables clusters, including Malerkotla (Sangrur), Shahkot (Jalandhar), Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), Sandhwan near Kotakpura (Faridkot) and Bring Mohanpura (Tarn Taran) to ensure sustainable supply of raw material.
Pannu said the CPC would have common facilities like Individual quick freezing unit for vegetables, dry warehouse for raw material, steel silos for food grains, controlled atmospheric cold store, pre-cooling chambers, ripening chambers, deep freezers, milk chilling unit, weigh bridge, steam power generating unit, food incubation centre and testing laboratory. It will also have basic infrastructure like roads, water supply, drainage, electricity supply, including captive power plant, effluent treatment, telecommunication lines, parking bays and other facilities. It will also have plug and play facility for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Pannu added that the common and enabling basic infrastructure would be developed according to the requirement of the companies planning to set up manufacturing plants in the mega food park. He said food processing units of frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen French fries, milk, maize, bakery products, wheat pasta, tomato and chilli, snack foods, chicken, fish, goat, eggs, malt, honey, and turmeric would be set up in the food park.