KINFRA, which is the nodal agency in Kerala for the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, has set up the Agency for Development of Food Processing Industries in Kerala (ADFIK) to coordinate activities in the sector.

Sankar Radhakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan. 4

EFFORTS by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation to develop the State's food processing industry appear to be yielding results going by the response to the company's food parks.

According to Mr A.S. Suresh Babu, Managing Director, Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA), the entire area earmarked for the food processing zone at the KINFRA Small Industries Park in Ernakulam has been taken.

Similarly, a little over 15 acres of the approximately 23 acres of available land at the KINFRA Food Processing Park at Kakkancherry in Malappuram has so far been allotted. In addition to this, 30 acres of land in the park has been set aside for the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) for export-oriented food processing units.

Work has also started on the development of another industrial park for the food processing industry at Adoor, he added.

KINFRA, which is the nodal agency in Kerala for the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, has set up the Agency for Development of Food Processing Industries in Kerala (ADFIK) to coordinate activities in the sector. Under the aegis of ADFIK, efforts are on to set up a regional quality control laboratory in Kochi to cater to the needs of food processing units in the Southern States.

Preliminary discussions on the project have already been held with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and the project report for the venture is currently being prepared.

Meanwhile, KINFRA is in the final stages of setting up quality control laboratories at the food parks in Kakkancherry and Ernakulam. Similarly, the business incubation centre at the food park in Kakkancherry is expected to start operations in the next two-three months.

In the last fiscal, 32 proposals for assistance worth Rs 799.13 lakh were presented from Kerala to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

Of this, the Ministry has sanctioned financial assistance worth Rs 417.57 lakh for 16 projects in the State.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 5, 2006)
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