Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday inaugurated ITC’s new state-of-the-art Integrated Food Manufacturing and Logistics Facility at Kapurthala, giving a major fillip to the state’s food processing sector and strengthening its beleaguered economy. Spread over 72 acres of land, with an initial investment outlay of approximately Rs 1,500 crores, the world-class facility will manufacture ITC’s popular food brands, such as ‘Aashirvaad’, ‘Bingo!’, ‘Sunfeast’, ‘YiPPee!’ and ‘B Natural’, among others. Besides supporting the farmers, the project will help generate employment in the state, said the Chief Minister, at the inaugurating ceremony. Despite the record contribution of the state to the nation’s rice and wheat production, Captain Amarinder underlined the need for diversification, in which the ITC project would play an important role. Expressing happiness at the facility, which would help the farming community transition from the traditional wheat-crop cycle to the more lucrative crops, the Chief Minister said such projects would be instrumental not only in saving the state’s crunched fertile land and water resources but also in boosting farm income.
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