Shimla: HPMC today signed an agreement with the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) the central government agency under ministry of commerce and industry for setting up integrated packing houses for fruits and vegetables in Himachal Pradesh.
Prakash Thakur, member board of directors, APEDA in a statement said that the packing houses will be set up at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur, Jarol-Tikkar and Gumma in Shimla district and Nadaun in Hamirpur district. MoUs for setting up the packing houses was signed today by Mr. Madan Chauhan, Executive Director, on behalf of HPMC, and Mr Pravin Gupta , General Manager, on behalf of APEDA.
The packing house at Reckong Peo is being set up at a cost of Rs. 189.49 lakh with APEDA funding Rs. 97.28 lakh. The Jarol Tikkar packing house will cost Rs. 247.27 lakh and APEDA contribution will be Rs. 122.34 lakh. Gumma packing house will be set up at a cost of 260.18 lakh and APEDA would contribute 130.83 lakh. The Nadaun vegetable packing house will be set up at a cost of Rs. 390.84 lakh and APEDA will lend financial assistance of 265.07 lakh.
Prakash Thakur said lack of proper quality infrastructure in terms of grading, packaging, pre-cooling and cold storage was being faced by the farming community in the state. Setting up of these packing houses will go a long way in solving the problems of the farmers. HPMC would complete these projects shortly.