10 Apr 2012

Spices Park inaugurated in Jodhpur

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The Spices Board has completed the construction of Spice Park in Rampura Bhatian Village of Ozian Tehsil near Jodhpur in an area of 60- acres provided by the Rajasthan Government.

The park in Jodhpur was inaugurated by Mr. Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan. The park has common infrastructure and processing facilities for the seed spices especially cumin and coriander. A public-private partnership is ensured with 17 exporters to set up state of the art processing lines, cold storage facilities and also facilities to produce oils and oleoresins from seed spices. The machineries are capable of processing other seed spices like fennel and fenugreek, which are quite ample in this region.

Mr. Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, said, “We will be focussing on technological development, with foreign direct investments, establishment of cold storages across the country so that the farming population will be benefited through fair prices.  The country is facing nearly 40 percent loss of fruits and vegetable as they perish without proper storing facilities.” He cited the example of how farmers in Maharashtra sell onion in the mandies at Rs 2 per kg while ultimate consumer in the terminal markets ends up paying Rs 18 per kg.  This practice should go and the Government will take necessary actions to check the   disparity in prices to ensure better returns to the farmer. He lauded Spices Board for commissioning the project in record time.

Mr Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, announced that any extra land available in the vicinity of the park will be provided for the expansion of the Park and orders were issued to the Revenue Department on the same. He exhorted the farmers to make use of the facilities in the Park to the fullest. He stressed on the importance of drip irrigation and said 80 percent subsidies were being given for this initiative by the farmers.  Mr Gehlot said the Rajasthan Government had waived off interest on the loans taken by farmers to the extent of Rs 8000 crore.  Farmers can now avail interest free loan upto Rs 1 lakh.

The Commerce Minister and the Chief Minister together unveiled the stone to mark the inauguration of the Spices Park and switched on the processing facility.  The meeting was attended by a huge crowd of over 3000 people consisting of farmers, villagers, exporters, officials of various departments, trade associations and chambers of commerce and industry.

The Spice processing facilities available at Spice Park are at par with the international standards. A full line processing facility with a capacity to turn out two tonnes per hour has inbuilt facilities for pre-cleaning, grading, colour sorting, grinding and can perform both bulk and consumer packing ranging from 100 g to 50 Kg. The Board is establishing sterilization facility too in the Park with a capacity of 250 Kg per hour in batch process. The Board also allots individual slots for exporters on lease for developing their own processing plants in the Park and there was good response from the exporters.

The Spices Board has set up facilities like compound walls, roads, drains, water distribution system, power station, weighing bridge, common parking area, truck yard, warehouses, preliminary quality testing facility, bank counter, training center, conference hall and canteen facility as well in the Park. To ensure storing of raw materials for processing and to take care of the processed materials, the Park will have warehouses exclusively devoted for various seed spices. Two raw material warehouses for coriander and two for other seed spices, each having a storing capacity of 800 sq mtr are set up. The Parks are being provided with a 33 KVA substation with transformer and 250 KVA D.G. sets for ensuring an uninterrupted power supply. The Park is also equipped with a full fire fighting system.

The Board’s regional and zonal offices will start functioning from the Spice Park with more orientation towards the spices growing villages. The other facilities include conference hall, training hall, and space for establishing mini QC lab, Bank and for Customs.

More Photographs from the Launch, courtesy Spices Board Website.

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