Union food and processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated the first mega park in Odisha having facilities for setting up of small and medium enterprises besides various kinds of processing facilities at Rayagada. This is the seventh mega food park to be operationalized during the last three year tenure of the NDA government.Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Badal said the processing industry was being given a major boost in India to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s vision to double farmers income as well as give impetus to the “Make in India” initiative.Mrs Badal was accompanied by minister of state for petroleum Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.Mrs Badal disclosed the Rayagada food park had been established in 50 acre of land at the cost of Rs. 80 crore. She said the centre had provided financial assistance of Rs. 50 crore to the project. “The food park has facilities of fully operational industrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, Rice Processing Complex of 12 TPH, Dry Ware-House of 10,000 MT, Cold Store of 2500 MT, Multi Fruit Processing facility and other food processing facilities”, she added.The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 6 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Kashipur, Padampur, Umerkote, Koraput, Digapahandi and Khordha having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.The minister said the modern infrastructure for food processing created at MITS Mega Food Park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Odisha and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in adjoining districts of Nabarangpura, Ganjam and Khordha besides Rayagada. She said the park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units and generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crore annually. The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit about 25000 farmers, she added.