Himachal’s fruit processing plant to be modernised

June 24th, 2011 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 24 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will soon get a high-tech tetrapak machine installed at a state-run fruit processing plant in Parwanoo district, which will enhance its capacity by 30 percent, an official statement said here.

The proposal to install the machine was given by of the state-run Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corp (HPMC)and approved by the Agricultural Processed Food Products Export Development Authority’s board (APEDA) Friday, the statement said.

The APEDA at its board meeting in Bangalore also agreed to bear the entire cost of installation of the high-tech tetrapak machine, the statement quoting APEDA’s director Prakash Thakur said.

“We will provide an investment of Rs.355.15 lakh. The new Tetra Brick Aseptic (TBA-19 Model) machine is expected to enhance the installed capacity of the plant by about 30 percent,” it said.

HPMC’s Parwanoo plant has a yearly processing capacity of 18,000 tonnes of apple juice concentrate.

Godrej Industries, Nestle, Parle Agro and Mohan Meakin Ltd are the companies that regularly buy the concentrate from HPMC, which procures the apples directly from farmers.

In 2010-2011, HPMC processed 10,167 tonnes of apples and produced 794.90 tonnes of juice concentrate.

Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s major apple-producing regions, with more than 200,000 families engaged in the cultivation of the fruit. The apple economy of the state is around Rs.1,500 crore.

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