Nagpur: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Limited has been alotted 230 acres at Nagpur to set up a food park.
The announcement, a mere formality, was made by Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) on Thursday.
Political leaders such as Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari had already said the land would be given to Patanjali much before the tenders were invited.
The company will have to start the execution of the project within six months of approval and the production within 18 months, said a media release.
MADC had invited tenders in July this year. The conditions for qualifications included a minimum turnover of Rs 300 crore per annum from agro/food/herbal/forest based processing business in the last three years and a net worth of Rs 75 crore in the last financial year.
As per the terms and conditions the company will have to procure raw material to the tune of Rs 100 crore annually from farmers and tribal communities of the surrounding areas. Train at least a thousand farmers every year across the state to improve productivity, quality and market intelligence to “ready them for agro business development in consultation with the agriculture department.”
The release said the development of food park was proposed considering the backlog of Vidarbha region, to cater (sic) to the issue of farmer suicides by offering opportunity for optimal utilisation of the local produce from agriculture and forest area.
“The huge export potential of processed food industry can be tapped in minimum time and cost due to the upcoming international airport and cargo terminal in MIHAN,” release said.