Chennai, Feb 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu government has approved setting up of mega food park and eight agro processing clusters in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam.
Panneerselvam who also look after the Finance portfolio presenting the state budget for 2020-21 said the government has approved the establishment of a Mega Food Park in an area of 53.36 acres at Gangaikondan, Tirunelveli district at a cost of Rs.77.94 crore.”
He said it is proposed to establish Food Parks in Dharmapuri, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Karur, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram and Tenkasi districts at a cost of Rs.70 crore.
According to Panneerselvam, eight more agro processing clusters at a cost of Rs. 218 crore are proposed to be established in Theni, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Madurai districts during 2020-21 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY).
Integrated Farmers Market Complexes will be established in five locations in Tiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri, Madurai, Trichy and Tirunelveli districts on a pilot basis at a total cost of Rs. 50 crore with funding from the NABARD – Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure Fund.
These complexes will serve as common platforms including input shops, service centres and sales outlets, and will benefit both farmers and consumers, Panneerselvam said.