Thursday, May 17, 2012: 03:44:28 PM

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Infra boost for food processing sector

The SDC concept has been integrated in ongoing schemes of Integrated Cold Chain, Value Addition & Preservation Infrastructure and Mega Food Parks

In what is likely to provide a significant boost to infrastructure development in the food processing sector, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has conducted a techno-feasibility study for establishing Strategic Distribution Centres (SDCs) at strategic locations across India. The study recommended setting up six SDCs in different locations in the country.

 
The study further revealed that the SDC concept is aimed to handle fresh produce, which will be sorted and graded in a way to meet customer requirements. It added that the concept ideated the last phase of the supply chain, from where finished products will be directly sent for export/processing and to retail/wholesale outlets. The grade fitted for the fresh segment will go to the retail markets, whereas the processable grade can be availed by food processors for further value addition.
 
Elaborating on SDC, minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Dr Charan Das Mahant said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that this concept has been integrated in ongoing schemes of Integrated Cold Chain, Value Addition & Preservation Infrastructure and Mega Food Parks.
 
New cold chain projects coming up
 
The suggestion for setting up SDCs comes close on heels to Food Processing secretary Rakesh Kacker’s recent announcement that around 10-15 new cold chain projects are likely to be completed in FY13.
 
In a media statement, Mr Kacker said that MoFPI has so far given a go-ahead to 49 projects under the cold chain scheme, for which the Ministry has got the approval. Out of these, eight projects have been completed and another 10-15 cold chains are expected to be completed in the current financial year.
 
Given the recent developments, players in the food processing industry certainly have reasons to rejoice, particularly because infrastructure support is key requirement for them to store processed food better.
 
Prasenjit Das
 

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