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Jahan Khelan juice plant starts operation after five years

After remaining non-functional for about five years, the multi-processing plant at Jahan Khelan started kinnow (citrus) processing from Sunday. The plant, which was set up by Punjab Agri Juices Limited (PAJL) with much fanfare in 2007 at a cost of Rs 48 crore, had turned into a white elephant and the government had almost decided to sell it to a private company.

punjab Updated: Feb 03, 2014 20:41 IST
HT Correspondent

After remaining non-functional for about five years, the multi-processing plant at Jahan Khelan started kinnow (citrus) processing from Sunday.


The plant, which was set up by Punjab Agri Juices Limited (PAJL) with much fanfare in 2007 at a cost of Rs 48 crore, had turned into a white elephant and the government had almost decided to sell it to a private company but, on the recommendation of horticulture and agriculture experts, it agreed to have a second look.

Kinnow growers, who were facing a big marketing problem, have heaved a sigh of relief with the running of the plant as they stand a chance of selling even their low- grade produce at a competitive rate.

Punjab Agro Industries Corporation managing director K S Pannu revealed that M/s Hindustan Levers had started purchasing kinnow from the farmers through its buying agents and getting it processed at the plant. Simultaneously, the PAJL would also buy fruit from farmers and market the processed product on its own, Pannu added.

"The juice prepared at the plant is much healthier with high fruit pulp concentration," he claimed. He said that another contract had been signed with Cremica food product company for tomato processing.

"Once the kinnow season is over, we would take up tomato crushing. We have already got orders for crushing around 20,000 tonnes of tomato. Further negotiations are on," said Pannu.


Hoshiarpur: After remaining non-functional for about five years, the multi-processing plant at Jahan Khelan started kinnow (citrus) processing from Sunday.


The plant, which was set up by Punjab Agri Juices Limited (PAJL) with much fanfare in 2007 at a cost of `48 crore, had turned into a white elephant and the government had almost decided to sell it to a private company but, on the recommendation of horticulture and agriculture experts, it agreed to have a second look.

Kinnow growers, who were facing a big marketing problem, have heaved a sigh of relief with the running of the plant as they stand a chance of selling even their low- grade produce at a competitive rate.