The spice park coming up at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is expected to be completed by December, according to Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry D. Purandeswari.

So far, Rs 14.62 crore has been spent to create facilities. The park is to empower chilli farmers to get better price realisation and get wider access to markets for their produce. The total expenditure for the park is Rs 23 crore.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has allocated 124.78 acres in Venkayalapadu and Maidavolu village in Edlapadu mandal of Guntur district in favour of the Spice Board.

At present, civil works and electrical works have been completed and installation of plant and machinery for processing of chilli is in progress, she said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, an official release stated.

An area of 38 acres has been allotted to exporters for developing their own processing units within the park.

Somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 27, 2012)
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