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Patanjali lays foundation stone of projects, will provide jobs to youth, help farmers

noida Updated: Feb 14, 2017 22:51 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna lay the foundation stone of Patanjali Yogpeeth Food Park and University in Lucknow in November 2016.(Ashok Dutta /HT File)

Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of its projects — Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, and Patanjali Ayurveda Limited — near Buddh International Circuit along the Yamuna Expressway.

“We have started construction of a 9km boundary wall to be built on the periphery of 430 acres that we have bought for our food park project. We have decided to build six food parks including one in the Yamuna Expressway area in the next 500 days, with a total investment of ₹5,000 crore,” Acharya Balkrishna of Pantajali Ayurved said. Balkrishna is a close associate of yoga guru Ramdev.

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He said that they will bring about a revolution in villages around their plant with yoga and their produce. “We will train the youth, give them jobs and encourage them to stay away from addictions of liquor, cigarette and other substances,” Balkrishna said.

Patanjali Ayurved will also build food parks in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

With a food park near Greater Noida along 165 km Yamuna Expressway, Patanjali Ayurved wants to bridge the demand and supply gap for its products in Delhi-NCR. It aims to rope in local farmers on a contractual basis to procure raw materials such as milk, cow urine, wheat and vegetables.

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“We have decided to carry out contractual farming in western Uttar Pradesh or tie up with farmers who can produce vegetables and other raw material for us. They will get a better price as there will be no middleman who eats into their profit. We aim to empower farmers and produce indigenous quality products to straighten the economy of our country,” Balkrishna told HT.

He said that Yamuna Expressway area plant will cater to farmers located in a 400-km radius. “Initially, we will invest ₹800 crore in this project. We have already given orders to procure machines that will produce juices and other products,” Balkrishna said.