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Himachal’s first Mega Food Park Expected to Boost Food Processing Industry, Farmers’ Income (Pics)

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Cremica Mega Food Park in Himachal Pradesh

Una-Cremica Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd at Village Singhain, Una District of Himachal Pradesh, was inaugurated on February 10, 2019.  This is the first Mega Food Park operationalized in Himachal Pradesh.

The Park is expected to give an impetus to the growth if the food-processing sector in Himachal. The Park is ought to provide an infrastructure for food processing where farmers, growers, processors and consumers state could get benefited.  There is a chance the farmers could claim remunerative prices of their produce.

Photo: Ram Prakash/ Google Maps/ Sept 2018

As per the government, the Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually.



Photo: Ram Prakash/ Google Maps/ Sept 2018

This Food Park has been set up in 52.40 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 107.34 crore. The Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Food Park includes a multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), Frozen storage (1000 MT), Deep Freeze, Dry Warehouse, QC Laboratory and other food processing facilities.

For office and other uses by the entrepreneurs, the Park also has a common administrative building and three PPCs at Solan, Mandi, and Kangra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.


Photo: Ram Prakash/ Google Maps/ Sept 2018

The government further expects the Park will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas. The Food Park is expected to benefit the people of Una District and the people of nearby districts of Kangra, Hamirpur & Bilaspur.

During the Inauguration on February 10, 2019

In order to achieve the expected objectives with this Park, the government would also have to work on establishment of an efficient supply chain including collection centres, primary processing centres and cold chain infrastructure.

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur, Chairman Cremica Food Ltd. Akshay Bictor were present on the occasion among others.


Photo: Ram Prakash/ Google Maps/ Sept 2018

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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