Shimla: Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), a central government authority under the ministry of commerce and industry, Government of India has come forward to assist HPMC in revamping its infrastructure in the state. Prakash Thakur, member board of directors, APEDA said in a statement today said that APEDA will provide a funding of Rs 8.61 crore to HPMC to revamp 6 of its packing houses.
The packing houses for which the funding has been provided are at Reckong Peo-Kinnaur, Jarol Tikkar- Shimla, Gumma-Kotkhai, Nadaun-Hamirpur, Patlikul-Kullu and Oddi Kumarsain in Shimla d’istrict, he added.
Praksah Thakur said HPMC will install machines with an Infra Red Eye facility to maintain quality standards in grading farm produce so that it meets export standards. APEDA targets to develop these Pack Houses as export hubs so that the farmers of the state can benefit.
“With a keen interest taken by Anand Sharma, union minister for Commerce and Industry, APEDA at is 67th Board of Directors meeting held on March 3, 2010 cleared proposals for providing financial assistance for setting up of Integrated Packing Houses spread out over Shimla, Kinnaur, Kullu and Hamirpur districts”, Prakash Thakur said.
“A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for availing this financial assistance would be signed between APEDA and HPMC on March 19” Thakur added.
APEDA also plans to set up CA stores in the state so that farmers can store their produce and get better prices for their produce. At present the private CA store owners in the state do not extend such facilities to the farmers directly. These CA stores are proposed to be set up on the Private Public Partnership (PPP) mode.
APEDA would also be holding a workshop at Shimla on 19th March about the Export Potentials of Fruits & Vegetables in Himachal in association with PHD Chambers of Commerce. Investors and other players associated with the export of farm produce are expected to attend the workshop.