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'Mega food park in Odisha's Koraput aims at promoting food related MSMEs in the district'
Odisha is going to set up a mega food park in Koraput district. The Odisha Agro Industries Corporation Limited (OAIC), a state PSU has planned the project under the Mega Food Park scheme of the Union ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).

Subrata Kumar Mishra, MD, OAIC said that since the state government was now emphasising on agro based industries, OAIC is taking initiative for establishment of the mega food park in Koraput with support from the State and Central governments.

Mishra while speaking to said, “It is aimed to promote food related MSMEs of Koraput district and near by districts. They are depending on Andhra Pradesh for food processing. This food park covers a large area and aimed to cater diversified needs of food SMEs.”

He added, “Koraput is a tribal area and agro products are easily available. There are so many SMEs, they can use the food park by rent, long term lease and for short period at an affordable price.”

“It's solely aimed to bring an economic development in Koraput and near by districts prompting near by SMEs,” said Mishra.

Koraput is a scheduled area and raw materials are easily available. And keeping eye on socio-economic condition of people in Koraput we have expressed interest to set up the park there, he added.

Recently the OAIC has got a letter from MoFPI asking the Odisha government to send proposals for developing new mega food parks in the state in line with the amended guidelines of Mega Food Park Scheme.

The ministry has already invited fresh expression of interest (EoI) as per the amended guidelines. The ministry is implementing mega food park scheme with the aim to create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing industries on cluster basis.

A total of 40 mega food park projects have been approved by the MoFPI in as many as 23 states and these are in various stages of implementation.

OAIC has submitted an EoI to the state MSME department and the OAIC is directed to submit a DPR (detailed project report) to the Centre by the MSME department. It will be submitted before April 30, Mishra added.

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