Vegetable processing to get boost with Spain’s CN Corp – IFFCO processing plant coming up in Samrala – Harsimrat Badal
Chandigarh, May 29 – Former union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said vegetable processing would get a boost in Punjab with a renowned Spanish firm initiating work on a Rs 550 crore processing facility in Samrala in collaboration with IFFCO and expressed satisfaction that a mou signed between the firm and Invest India in September last year during her visit to Spain had finally fructified.
Stating that the processing plant being set up by Congelados de Navarra (CN Corp) and IFFCO would benefit vegetable growers of Ludhiana, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Nawanshahr districts immensely, Mrs Badal said she was thankful to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh for taking out time to inaugurate start of work on the plant tomorrow. “This project is close to my heart and a result of hand holding by the food processing ministry which assisted the Spanish company at every step. I hope the State government will continue to proffer all needed help to CN Corp so that other companies from the Navarra region, which is a major agro-processing hub in Spain, are also encouraged to set up their plants in Punjab”.
Mrs Badal said she was confident the project would open a new market for potato growers of Doaba with a processing capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes per annum. “It will also give a boost vegetable cultivation. “More than 5,000 farmers will be benefited directly as the company will procure vegetables locally. The company is also likely to provide one thousand jobs”, she added.
Meanwhile the Bathinda mp also urged the chief minister to accede to her earlier request and inaugurate the Rs 117 crore Ladhowal mega food park allotted to PAIC by the food processing ministry for which a grant of Rs 50 crore was also given. She said the inauguration of the food park had been delayed inordinately causing a loss to the State’s farm economy besides harming job prospects of youth. “This is the first such park in which a private unit has already come up before the park has become operational. Many more companies are waiting in the wings to start operations in the food park. Delaying it any further would be detrimental to the interest of farmers”, she added.