(iv) Need to set up cold storage and air conditioning rooms at important market places and also to establish Food Processing unit in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
SHRI CHINNASAMY SRINIVASAN (Dindigul): Sir, in my Constituency, that is, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, many varieties of grapes and bananas are produced in abundance. Unlike other fruits like oranges, mangoes etc. Grapes and bananas are produced in Dindigul throughout the year in all seasons. The farmors engaged in the production of these fruits do not get proper
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price for their products because those fruits cannot be preserved and kept for more than three days without providing proper facilities like Cold-Storage and Air-Conditioned rooms at important market places in the area. The Cold-Storage facilities and Air-Conditioned rooms will also be quite useful for preserving the betel leaves which are grown in large quantities in Dindigul.
Since grapes and Banana fruits are available in surplus quantity, these fruits can be processed, tinned and exported to foreign countries to earn foreign exchange.
I would, therefore, request the hon. Minister of Food Processing Industries kindly to arrange for provision of Cold-Storage facilities and Air-Conditioned rooms in important market places in Dindigul as also establish a Food Processing Unit in Dindigul so that the surplus fruits can be processed and exported for earning foreign exchange.