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Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan:

'Karnataka will set up Rs 5 bln fruit processing cluster'

Karnataka would soon set up a fruit processing cluster in Ramangara district, with a Rs 5 bln (€55 mln) investment under the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Ramanagara is about 50 km southwest of Bengaluru.

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan: "The horticultural crops processing cluster, including a mango pulp making unit, will be set up at Bhairapattana near Ramanagara town through a PPP model at a cost of Rs 5 bln.”

Narayan, who is also in-charge of the adjacent district, which is en route Mysuru from Bengaluru, said the cluster would initially have five units to process horticulture produce like fruits and vegetables from across the state.

The state government has asked the Centre to grant Rs 100 mln to fund the cluster under its Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, a scheme of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, for remunerative approaches for agriculture and the rejuvenation of allied sectors.


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