Deputy CM Chowna Mein announced the news via video conferencing Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: The deputy chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein on Tuesday announced that a mega food park is planned in Itanagar. It will cater to the processing and marketing needs of local agricultural produce.

Mein made this announcement via a video conference with other officials including minister of industries, commissioner (Planning & Investment) and secretary, department of Industries. He also advocated for formulation of ‘a policy for purchase preference of products manufactured in Arunachal Pradesh’ during the virtual meeting.

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The state government will provide infrastructure support by building an approach road, provide electricity and water supply to the mega food park.

Mein informed that Government of India has provided clear policy guidance for promoting domestic industries by providing purchase preference for goods manufactured and produce grown in India.

‘On the similar lines, we need to provide some preference to the products made in Arunachal Pradesh in government procurement in order to promote investment in manufacturing industries in the state”, he said.

He further said that the proposed policy will be in line with government of India policy on purchase preference which was recently amended on June 4.

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He also advised the officers to study policies formulated by some other state governments and lure industries to come to Arunachal. He requested the Department of Industry to initiate the process of formulating the purchase preferences.

Mein urged the officers to study causes and reasons behind the failure of pineapple processing unit at Niglok in East Siang district and tomato processing units at Rupa in West Kameng district.

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The officers were asked to inquire about the palm oil companies which have signed MoUs with the state government for setting up of processing industries with a buy-back policy. He expressed unhappiness in learning that some of the Palm Oil Companies have not lived up to their promises. He informed that many progressive farmers in East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley Districts have grown palm in a large scale.

Commissioner (Planning & Investment), P S Lokhande while assuring to work in coordination with the department of industries has assured to finalize the policy within 15 days. He also assured to simplify and expedite the process of getting clearance through a single-window for potential and interested investors by bringing in desired modifications in ‘ease of doing business’.

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