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Expedite setting of Patanjali mega food park : Badal to UP Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Processing today said she has written to the government for expediting the process for Baba Ramdev's to set up the proposed Rs 6,000-crore park.

"I have written to the Chief to sort out all the issues and expedite the process for setting up of this proposed park," she said when asked about the controversy over Patanjali's good park.

She was speaking on the sidelines of Yes Bank's second FutureAgritech Summit.

said the Patanjali has proposed to develop this on land provided by the UP government.

As per the policy, land has to be sub-leased for units being set up in the park, she said, adding that the state has to give permission for the same.

said Patanjali has been given time till June to fulfill all the conditions so that the company gets the final approval from the Centre to set up food park.

When asked whether other companies are facing similar problems in putting up mega food parks, she said: "I personally review the progress of the project on quarterly basis. We coordinate with other ministries and state governments to expedite the process".

Earlier this week, Patanjali had stated that it was pulling out of the mega project along the in Uttar Pradesh, citing non-cooperation from the and delay in clearances for transfer of land.

However, the company later said that it was reviewing the decision to pull out of the project after getting assurance from the

Chief had directed officials to expedite the process for Baba Ramdev's to set up its food park.

The Haridwar-based company had proposed to invest up to Rs 6,000 crore to set up a plant over 425 acres of land along the through its step-down firm and

Addressing the event, Badal informed that 15 have become operational out of 42 sanctioned.

She said would play a pivotal role in achieving the target of doubling farmers income by 2022.

The minister stressed on the need to increase the processing level from current 10 per cent in order to reduce wastage of perishable food items, which is estimated at staggering Rs 1 lakh crore annually.

"We have to make farmers into agro-processors," the minister added.

Stating that is a of many crops despite low yields, Badal said has the capacity to be global if productivity gets increased and post-harvesting wastage reduced.

Speaking at the event, Ashok Gulati, for Agriculture, ICRIER, said the agriculture sector is in "stress situation".

The average growth of agriculture and allied sectors in the last four years has declined to 2.5 per cent from 5.2 per cent in the previous four years, he added.

Farmers are growing more but not getting right price for their produce, Gulati said, while emphasising on the need to make the whole system demand driven.

Effective application of technology is vital to transform the food and agriculture sector, thereby improving yield, productivity, market access and income," YES MD and said.

The has launched an agritech accelerator which will focus on scaling up 4-5 innovative which also have a social impact, through a mix of mentorship, grants, access to funding and commercialization partnerships, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 17:55 IST