Union Minister of State for Water and Food Processing Shri Prahlad Singh Patel visited Maharashtra. On the second day of the tour, Shri Patel visited the Satara Mega Food Park and inspected the ongoing works over there. This food park has not yet started at full capacity. The Minister assured to try and remove the problems related to this project. "Cold storage facilities should be made available in this food park", he added.
Shri Patel also visited Apshinge village of Satara Taluka and Gutalwadi village in Khandala Taluka of Satara district and inspected various works carried out under the Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to supply safe and adequate drinking water to households.
The Minister appreciated the waste recycling process adopted by the villagers of Gutalwadi.
On the first day of his visit, the Minister visited and reviewed ongoing works at the National Water Academy (NWA) and Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) at Khadakvasla in Pune. Reviewing the progress of implementing various water resources schemes in Maharashtra, the Minister instructed the authorities to extend the reach of the Centre's schemes to the rural areas. "The Centre has given huge grants to the state government to implement Jal Jeevan Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission. The state and central government agencies should extend these schemes to the people in rural areas", said Shri Patel.
The Minister planted trees in the premises of the National Water Academy Academy.
He also visited the late Babasaheb Purandare and paid homage to the Shiv Shahir, who passed away last month aged 99.
Part - II
Mega Food Parks Scheme
To boost the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach. Under the Scheme, the Government of India provides financial assistance up to Rs 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.
Satara Mega Food Park
Satara Mega Food Park has been set up in 64 acres of land at the cost of Rs. 139.30 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Dry Ware House – Raw materials of 5000 MT, Warehouse with racking system of 2000 MT, Pulping line of 2 TPH, Hi-tech Cold Storage of 3000 MT, Ripening Chamber of 384 MT, Pack House for F&V of 1 TPH and other food processing facilities. The Park will also have a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 4 PPCs at Pandharpur, Narayangaon, Wai and Ajara, having primary processing and storage facilities near the farms. Satara Mega Food Park will benefit the people of Satara District and nearby districts of Pune, Solapur, Sangli, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, and Rajgarh.
CWPRS and National Water Academy
Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune is a major research organization in hydraulic and allied research under the Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Jal Shakti of Government of India. It deals with planning, organizing, and undertaking specific research and development studies related to optimizing river, coastal, water storage, and conveyance hydraulic structure designs.
The government of India set up the National Water Academy in 1988 to impart training to the in-service engineers of various Central/State organizations involved in the Development & Management of Water Resources. NWA is envisaged to function as a 'Center of Excellence in training water resources personnel.