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Current Affairs 29-10-2018

PM addresses ‘Make in India’ Seminar in Tokyo

The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, addressed the ‘Make in India: India-Japan partnership in Africa and digital partnership’ seminar, in Tokyo.

Highlights from his Speech:

  • He explained how the Union Government is focused on improving ease of doing business, and ease of living for the citizens.
  • He expressed happiness at the large presence of Japanese companies in India.
  • Japan has been a partner in many important industrial projects in India, the Prime Minister explained the strength of India’s economic performance over the last four years.
  • He said India is today the fastest growing major economy.
  • He mentioned other major transitions in the Indian economy, including the move from informal to formal economy, digital transactions and GST etc.
  • The Prime Minister said that India’s rising economy, fast growing middle class and young demography offer many new opportunities to Japanese investors.
  • He also mentioned low cost manufacturing, IT industry, and electric mobility, among other sectors.
  • The Prime Minister emphasized on the shared values between India and Japan.
  • He said that both countries would look to develop stronger development partnerships in other parts of the world, including the Indo Pacific, South Asia and Africa.

Gujarat’s first Mega Food Park in Surat:

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries SmtHarsimratKaurBadal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Gujarat.

About:

  • The Park is located at Village Shah and Vasravi, TalukaMangrol, District Surat.
  • The facilities being created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this Mega Food Park include Multi Chamber Cold Store of 3,500 MT (1,500 MT Frozen & 2,000 MT MA), Warehouse of 5,000 MT, IQF of 2 TPH, Pulping Line, QC Laboratory and other related food processing facilities.
  • The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 4 PPCs at Bharuch, Padra (Vadodara), Valsad and Navsari having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.
  • The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

Aim:

  • At giving a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, 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.
  • Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs).
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