Laying of foundation stone of the Mega Food Park at Pallippuram

Enterprise and Economic update

kerala 11th June 2017

KSIDC is developing the park which will focus on seafood

Seafood exports from India have been growing steadily - it touched an all-time high of $5.78 billion (Rs. 37,870.90 crores) in 2016-17. The state of Kerala that contributes a major share of seafood exports is setting up a Mega Food Park focussing on seafood to take advantage of the growth.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone of the Park being set up by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation(KSIDC) at Pallippuram in Alleppey district. The Park is the second Mega Food Park coming up in the state. Mr Vijayan and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had earlier laid the foundation stone for another Mega Food Park at Kanjikode, Palakkad.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that the state would only promote industries that suit the state and are friendly to the environment.  He added that more Industrial Growth Centres would be started in the rural areas of the state to further their economic development. State Industries Minister, Mr AC Moideen, presided over the function. In his address, the Minister said that the state would build the required infrastructure for industries. The state would also continue its efforts to turn the youth into entrepreneurs.

The Mega Food Park will come up on 65 acres of land in KSIDC’s Industrial Growth Centre at Cherthala. The park will have all basic infrastructure facilities such as a compound wall, water supply, power, internal roads, storm water drains and an effluent treatment plant. A standard design factory and warehouse will also be present. The specific infrastructure needed for the seafood industry such as cold storage, deep freezer and a deboning and canning centre would also be present.

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