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Gujarat’s First Mega Food Park


  • Recently, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries inaugurated Gujarat’s first mega food park in Surat.
  • This Mega Food Park will directly and indirectly employ five thousand people and will benefit 25,000 thousand farmers. It is worth mentioning that such other parks have been approved to be opened in Mehsana.
  • Located in Shah and Vasravahi villages in Mangalore taluka of Surat district, this park was developed by M / s Gujarat Agro Infrastructure Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.
  • The park has been built on a 15 acre plot costing 117.87 crores.
  • In the Central Processing Center built in the park, with cold storage capacity of 3,500 metric tons of storage capacity, 5,000 metric ton capacity ware house, large pipelines for removal of pulp and vegetables and fruits, such as the QC laboratory and food processing Many other features are also provided.
  • Apart from this, 4 local centers have also been set up for processing and storage at primary level near Bharuch, Padra (Vadodara), Valsad and Navsari.
  • The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is making special efforts to encourage the food processing industry in the country so that it encourages the agriculture sector and it can contribute more in doubling the income of the farmers.
Mega Food Park
  • With the aim of reducing waste of food items destined for every time of the value addition of the food processing sector and every phase of the supply chain , the Ministry of Food Processing Industries has implemented Mega Food Park scheme in the country.
  • Mega Food Park provides modern infrastructure for food processing through a cluster based approach.
  • In the central processing center, general facilities and competent infrastructure are built and primary processing and storage facilities are provided to agriculture in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPC) and Collection Centers (CC). Under the Mega Food Park Scheme, the Indian government gives financial assistance of Rs 50 crore for every mega food park.

Disaster Warning System
  • Recently the Odisha Government has introduced a pre-warning transmission system . In which coastal communities and fishermen will be warned about the coming cyclones and tsunami, through the siren towers. This is the first such system in India.
  • As soon as pressing a button in the state emergency center of Bhubaneswar, these sirens installed on the shore will start warning from 122 towers.
  • EWDS is a collaborative effort of the Central and State Government, which has been implemented with the help of World Bank.
  • Six coastal districts – Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam are included under EWDS.
  • This is part of the last-mile connectivity program under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project.
The early warning dissemination system Early Warning Dissemination System – EWDS) 
  • EWDS includes Digital Mobile Radio-DMR, Satellite-based Mobile Data Voice Terminals-SBMDVT, Mass Messaging System-MMS, and Universal Communication Interface -UCI) that make inter-operability possible between different communication technologies.
  • The public messaging system provides the facility of sending warning messages to all mobile users through SMS in a particular area affected by the disaster.
  • As soon as the tsunami or cyclone or any other natural calamity arises, pressing the button in the control room installed in Bhubaneswar will alert the entire state.
  • This early warning system will help people to go to safer places.
  • An automated coastal warning system for the disasters will be very helpful for the people of Odisha because this state is very sensitive to natural disasters. If such a system can be established in all the disaster prone areas of the country, significant disadvantages can be brought to the loss of life and property from natural disasters.

Train 18
  • Recently un-engineered train, T18 has been unveiled. It is a hitech, energy-efficient, self-moving or non-engine powered train.
  • Significantly, after some security checks, train 18 will be included in Indian Railways.
  • The 16-coach train has been developed in the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai in just 18 months.
  • In this case, all the coaches have been set up with Emergency Talk-Back Unit (with the help of which passengers can talk to the train crew in the event of emergency). In addition, CCTVs have been installed so that the journey is safe.
  • Like sub-urban trains, there will be motor coaches on both ends of this train, that is, this train will be able to run in both directions. The maximum speed of this train will be around 160 km per hour.
  • This train will be completely conditioned and all its coaches will be connected to each other. In this stainless steel structure, this train will have a large and single window in both directions in the Wi-Fi, LED light, passenger information system and the entire coach.
  • This new train will be equipped with the best features of the world, from Wi-Fi to GPS-based passenger information system, ‘touch-free’ bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and climate control system, which according to the weather temperature Will facilitate control.

Amur Falcon
  • Amur Falcon , the longest traveler in the world, has started its journey with the advent of winter.
  • These birds reproduce in southeastern Siberia and North China and migrate to South Africa through the Indian Ocean and the Indian Ocean before returning to Mongolia and Siberia. The 22,000-kilometer long passage of these birds is the longest in the avian species.
  • The name of these birds is taken from the Amur river, which determines the boundary between Russia and China.
  • Doyang Lake in Nagaland is known as a stopover during the annual migration of Amur Falcon.
  • These birds are not endangered but still they have been protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act, 1972 and the Conference on Overseas Species . India is the signatory of the conference on migrant species.
  • Giving Nagaland the name ‘Falcon Capital of the World’, the tourism department is organizing a festival which will be held annually from 2018.

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