Kerala Govt to form clusters for entrepreneurs of agro-based industries
Government will also set up an academy that will study the viability of such business ventures and its international market.
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The Kerala government is forming a cluster featuring farmers and entrepreneurs of agro-based industries, said EP Jayarajan State Industries Minister. Government will also set up an academy that will study the viability of such business ventures and its international market, he said in ASCEND 2020 Kerala Global Investors Meet recently held in Kochi.
While speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘Projects on Agro and Food Processing’, the minister said agro-based firms would be the future of industry in the State. “In fact, we are considering the establishment of coffee plantations that are devoid of carbon footprint,” he added after a snapshot presentation that walked through top project profiles in the field of agro and food processing. “The idea is to restore Kerala’s glory in coffee cultivation, more so in its homestead of hilly Wayanad.”
Of late, Kerala has seen the birth of rubber firms that cater to the healthcare needs in hospitals. The KINFRA Park in Kanhangad (Kasargod district) is set to allot a two-acre plot for investors in firms manufacturing coconut products. There is a separate rice park for paddy-based products, the minister added.
Santhosh Koshy Thomas, Managing Director , KINFRA emphasized the need for Kerala to have storage facilities for agro products, while Amalgam Food Group Chairman Abraham J Tharakan called for a system that restrained the use of pesticides in farming.