To provide better facilities and infrastructure to the farmers of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch on Wednesday in Tumkur, Karnataka.
After inaugurating a mega Food Park at the Vasanthanarsapura industrial belt, which is 90 km from Bangalore, Modi said, “For farmers to develop economically they need to be given facilities for better growth.” The park will provide infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from the farm to the market.
Modi stressed the need to expose country’s farmers to the global market and the need to work with states for nation’s progress. He said that mangoes if made into pickles get more revenue for the farmers. The food park is an initiative of Future Group chief Kishore Biyani.
Modi said that when the states become stronger the nation will become stronger, when states progress the nation will progress. “We have to understand the feelings of the states and we have to work together to implement schemes,” he added. After Modi becoming the PM, this was his first official visit to the state.
As both the ruling Congress in Karnataka and BJP, whose party is in power at the Centre chose to sink their differences to put up an overwhelming attendance, the event provided a rare spectacle. However, the streak of each trying to steal a march over the other was pretty much evident. Of the 11 assembly constituencies in Tumkur district, the JD(S) has six, Congress 4 and BJP one.
The 110 acre food park will have world class food processing and cold storage unit. The land under the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) was allotted by the state government. Though the Future Group has invested Rs 140 crore, it is still in need of Rs 120 crore, before it is fully commissioned.
According to reports, the food park would be equipped with 60 medium-sized food processing units that make ready-to-eat products. Apart from this, there would also be in-house pulping, milling, flouring, spice and dal units.