Bhubaneswar, Dec 12:
In a bid to bridge the gap between production prices and consumer prices of horticultural products, the state government has put the proposed terminal market complex at Sambalpur on fast track.
Reviewing the progress of the proposed project at a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat here on Thursday, chief secretary JK Mohapatra asked the Agriculture department to expedite the process for formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), allotment of land, finalisation of Operation Management and Development Action (OMDA) plan by January next year.
The Modern Terminal Market (MTM) has been planned to ensure food security and provide remunerative prices to the farmers to encourage food production.
The project, to be implemented in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode would promote the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, aromatics and herbs. It will also promote oil seeds, grains, pulses and poultry products.
The core facilities to be provided in the projects include washing, grading, sorting, weighing, and packaging services.
The catchment area of the project covers 11 districts: Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Balangir, Angul, Boudh, Sundargarh and Nuapada.
The project, targeted to be completed within 18 months with an estimated cost of around Rs 74 crore, has been approved by the ministry of Agriculture.
LMJ International, Kolkata has been selected as the private partner through a global tendering process for the proposed project that would come up on 60 acres of land at Nildunguri near Sambalpur.
The state government will provide support by way of land, water and electricity for the project that will be implemented under the direct supervision of the principal secretary, Agriculture.