Biz Community Hail Govt Decision To Set Up Food Parks

Biz Community Hail Govt Decision To Set Up Food Parks

23 March 2012
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqut Ali

Srinagar: Welcoming the government’s decision to set up a food park in Kashmir, the Valley based industrialists Friday said that the park would promote entrepreneurship in food processing. Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) said that it was the long pending demand of the valley business community which the GoI has accepted. Pertinently Minister for Commerce and Industries, SS Slathia Thursday informed that the state government had approached to GoI for sanctioning two mega food parks one in Industrial Growth Centre (IGS) at Lassipora in Kashmir and one in Ghatti Kathua in Jammu. Slathia said that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India would grant Rs 50 crore for each park with a direct investment of Rs 100 crores in each food park. “Food Park is the need of the hour for the valley which will help promote entrepreneurship in the long run. It will generate employment for the thousands of unemployed youth including graduates in food processing,” said President KCCI, A H Punjabi. KCCI President said that the Kashmir has huge potential for the food processing due to its unique climatic conditions. “We can process almost all the food essentials and can produce high quality food items which will have huge demand in the market,” he said. Meanwhile Chamber of Commerce and Industries Kashmir (CCIK) said that valley has huge potential for the food processing and preserving and can produce good quality products due to the availability of raw material. “We can process high quality food products as we have quality raw material available here. The food park would help Valley make up the blockade of the food supply during winter months due to road closures,” said President CCIK, MA Parray. However Parray questioned allotting food park to the Jammu which, he said, is of no use. The business community also welcomed government’s step for setting up more industrial estates in the state and demanded revival of all existing sick estates in the valley. “Government must upgrade basic infrastructure and provide all the facilities to the unit holders and entrepreneurs at all the industrial estates,” said president KCCI. CCIK demanded that the government must upgrade the basic infrastructure at the existing industrial estates to encourage the valley entrepreneurs. CCIK also demanded that the Government must set up cold storage for fruits and decrease the freight charges to the businessmen associated with cut-flower. “Cut-flower has huge potential here but government should give compensation to the businessmen,” said Parray.