Kerala to have strawberry processing plant
The State Horticulture Mission, funded by the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, an initiative of the union ministry of agriculture, is all set to open a strawberry processing plant here Friday, an official said.
K. Prathapan, mission director, told IANS Thursday that Munnar and its neighbourhood are home to two of the best varieties of strawberry - 'Sweet Charlie' and 'Winter Dawn' - and both are much sought-after products.
"The new factory has a capacity to process two tonnes of strawberry per hour. The mission has joined hands with local farmers who have turned 300 hectares of land into beautiful strawberry gardens," said Prathapan.
He said the factory will provide direct jobs to 20 women from the state run women's poverty alleviation programme Kudhumbhasree and there will be more than 1,000 indirect jobs.
The first quarter of every year is the peak production time for strawberries.
"During the off season, locally grown fruits such as apple, oranges, litchi and passion fruit would be processed," Lal Varghese, mission chairman, told IANS.
Munnar is a picturesque hill station 1,450 metres above sea level in Idukki district, and gets a huge number of tourists - both domestic and international - every year.
(Posted on 13-02-2014)
Information on States of India:
Andaman Nicobar | Andhra Pradesh | Arunachal Pradesh | Assam | Bihar | Chandigarh | Chhattisgarh | Dadar Nagar Haveli | Daman Diu | Delhi | Goa | Gujarat | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu Kashmir | Jharkhand | Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep | Madhya Pradesh | Maharashtra | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Orissa | Pondicherry | Punjab | Rajasthan | Sikkim | Tamil Nadu | Tripura | Uttar Pradesh | Uttaranchal | West Bengal
INDIA REGIONAL MAPS:
Andhra Pradesh Travel Map | Bihar Travel Map | Goa Travel Map | Gujarat Travel Map | Haryana Travel Map | Himachal Pradesh Map | Karnataka Travel Map | Kerala Travel Map | Maharashtra Travel Map | Punjab Travel Map | Rajasthan Travel Map | Sikkim Travel Map | Tamil Nadu Travel Map | Uttar Pradesh Travel Map | West Bengal Travel Map |
KERALA TRAVEL MAPS:
TRAVEL MAPS OF INDIA:
INDIA CITY MAPS: