AP CM YS JAGAN MOHAN REDDY INAUGURATES CHILLI PROCESSING UNIT IN GUNTUR
- 20,400 MT OF SPICES TO BE PROCESSED EVERY YEAR AT THE UNIT
- EMPLOYMENT FOR OVER 1,500 PEOPLE TO BE GENERATED, 70% OF THEM TO BE WOMEN
- AP HAS STOOD FIRST IN EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: CM YS JAGAN MOHAN REDDY
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh,
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated the ultra-modern internationally benchmarked Global Spices Processing Facility Unit of ITC Institute at the Spice Park in Edlapadu Mandal of Palnadu district on Friday. The processing unit has been established at a cost of Rs 200 crores. The state-of-the-art mega facility set up on 6.2 acres in spices park will have processing lines for turmeric, chilli, and blended spices, with an annual capacity of 20,400 million tons (MT).
The unit will be a boon to the chilli farmers and traders where 60 per cent of chilli produced in the state is cultivated, in the erstwhile district and has special demand in the international market due to its rich pungency and unique colour. This processing unit will benefit not only farmers and traders in Palnadu, but also from Guntur, Bapatla and Prakasham. Over 1,500 people including 70 per cent of women can get employment opportunities.
AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy congratulated the officers for making Andhra Pradesh the hub for companies setting up units, thus generating employment to the people of the state.
“For 3 years now, Andhra Pradesh has stood first in the country for ease of doing business and the testament to that is many companies showing interest in the state and coming forward to set up units here,” the CM, said.
ITC chairman Sanjiv Puri said that the plant was the result of the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s vision to usher in the rapid and inclusive socio-economic development of the state. ITC, which has a century-old association with Andhra Pradesh, has been expanding its presence across the three key sectors of the state’s economy — agriculture, manufacturing, and services.
Over 15 organic spices will be produced and thus is aimed at boosting the food exports globally. The world-class ‘Make in India’ plant will cater to all processing needs, including storage, cleaning, processing, sterilization, packing, and quality testing, leading to end-to-end custody of quality assurance.