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To observe 75 years of India’s independence, Government of India celebrated ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ As a part of the commemoration, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is celebrated Food Processing Week from 6th to 12th September, 2021, under which the ministry organized numerous programmes.

The Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel, started off the Food Processing Unit of M/s Sahara Frozen Foods instituted in Morena, Madhya Pradesh, under the Cold Chain scheme of Central sector scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PM-KSY).

Sahara Frozen FoodsSharing his views on the occasion, Patel stated that this processing unit will benefit everyone at the local level. He also informed that the ministry always prioritizes local farmers and the regional crops and is working religiously with full capacity to develop India’s food processing sector.

The Sahara Frozen Foods unit has been established at a project cost of Rs 21.09 crore and a grant in aid of Rs 10 crore from the ministry. The unit will also provide direct and indirect employment to around 700 persons and benefit around 1,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

The facilities of this unit include IQF Pre-Processing Line for F&V – 4 MT/Hr, Deep Freezer/Frozen Store – 4000 MT, Modern Racking System (Stacking)-4000 MT and High Reach Material Handling 2 Units. The unit provides marvellous state-of-the-art facilities such as packing machines, water treatment plants, water storage tanks, subsystems, fittings. This processing unit primarily produces frozen peas, mango pieces, frozen cabbage.

As part of the Food Processing Week, the victory tale of the beneficiary of the PM FME scheme, Mohit Kishor Khedikar of Madhur Bakery, was released on the Ministry’s social media platforms in the ‘Atmanirbhar Enterprises’ series. A webinar on Business Opportunities in Bakery and Confectionery under ‘One District One Product’ was also hosted by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Department of Industries, UT CHD at Chandigarh.

Furthermore, Rs 5.41 crore as Seed Capital has been handed over to Community Based Organisations for 1498 SHG members in Maharashtra, under the PM FME Scheme.

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