KINFRA TO SET UP RICE TECHNOLOGY PARKS IN KERALA
Palakkad: In order to offer the much-needed support to the farmers and give a boost to paddy cultivation and its market in Kerala, KINFRA has come forward to provide Common Infrastructure Facilities to set up state-of-the-art Rice Technology Parks in the State.
The Rice Technology Parks will be set up in an area of five acres at KINFRA Mega Food Park at Kanjikode in Palakkad; on 15 acres of land at Chelakkara in Thrissur and in a five-acre plot at Cherthala in Alappuzha. The Parks will have exclusive zones which offer modern facilities to produce value-added by-products apart from warehousing, packing, quality control lab, knowledge resource centre and transport facilities.
“Government investment in food processing sector in the form of common facilities will induce small manufacturers to make a foray into international market with a competitive edge,” said Wg. Cdr. K A Santhosh Kumar, Managing Director, KINFRA.
E P Jayarajan, Minister for Industries and Sports, laid the foundation stone and inaugurated the construction of Parks in Palakkad and Thrissur. These Parks will be operated under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.
“The proposed Rice Technology Parks will help all paddy farmers in the State. We will procure all the paddy in the State and this will be converted into rice at the rice technology parks. The produce will be made available to the consumers through Civil Supplies Corporation, Supplyco and Consumer-fed shops. Bran and husk will be utilised to make value-added products like rice bran oil and these will be exported to other countries,” said Minister Jayarajan.
The government will have 26 per cent equity in these rice parks which is estimated to cost Rs. 25 crore each and the rest of the stake will be shared by farmers, agriculture cooperative bodies and individuals.
The function held at Kanjikode was presided over by K Krishnankutty, Minister for Water Resources. “The government has started manufacturing gloves by procuring rubber from the farmers in Kasargod and Kannur districts. Keeping in mind the welfare of coconut farmers, the government will start Malabar Coffee Project and Furniture Hub for utilising coconut wood. The State Agriculture Department has decided to distribute 75 coconut saplings free of cost in each ward,’’ the Minister said while laying the foundation stone for the Rice Park at Chelakkara.
Wg. Cdr. K A Santhosh Kumar and T Unnikrishnan, Project General Manager, KINFRA were also present at the inaugural functions.