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Karnataka to Get Its First Horticultural Produce Processing Cluster

Shipra Singh
Shipra Singh
Karnataka Deputy CM Dr. C N Ashwath Narayana

Karnataka state is all set to have a horticultural produce processing cluster in Ramanagara district. This is the first cluster in the state. According to Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C N Ashwatha Narayan, who is also the district in-charge minister of Ramanagara, the cluster will include a mango processing unit. The cluster will be based on the PPP model and will feature an estimated investment of around Rs. 500 crore.  

Out of 40 acres of land available in Bhairapatna near Ramanagara, 15 acres will be utilized for this project. “A mango processing unit, including common facilities, will be established in about four acres and for this, the Central Government has been asked to provide Rs 10 crore under the Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RAFTAAR) scheme,” informed Ashwath Narayan. 

In the next 11 acres of land, five horticultural produce processing units are to be set up to facilitate farmers in value addition of their produce. An expression of interest for this project will soon be invited, according to Ashwath Narayan.

The government has anticipated an investment of around Rs. 500 crores for this project. The government has invited private players in this regard. Those who will come forward will be awarded a subsidy of over 40%, as per Deputy CM’s statements.

With regard to constructing a high-tech silk market, the Deputy CM said that 20 acres of land will be given for this project. This land is in the premises of sericulture training institute, which is situated in Ramanagaram. NABARD has kept aside Rs. 75 crores for this project. This was also announced in the budget.

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