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Food firm sets year’s deadline to start plant

The Amrapali Group on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a food processing unit at Bhasana on Katihar-Purnea road ushering in hope and happiness among residents and farmers in particular.

The unit is likely to start production within a year and it would concentrate on processing of maize, fox nut, vegetable and fruits. It would offer around 500 direct jobs at its unit, while indirectly it would provide around 10,000 jobs.

Tariq Anwar, the Union minister of state for agriculture and food processing, laid the foundation stone at Bhasana, around 320km northeast of Patna.

After Nalanda and Buxar, the Bihar-based Amrapali Group is setting up its food-processing plant in Katihar.

Sanjiv Kumar Singh, the chief executive officer of Amrapali Biotech India Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Amrapali Group, said: “We laid the foundation stone of our food-processing unit in Katihar. We intend to start maize, fox-nut, vegetables, and fruit processing within a year. We are setting up the unit at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore on 8.6 acre land at Bhasana.”

Katihar-based farmer Anuj Singh said: “After the construction of the plant, we would be called meaningful farmers because we could easily get a purchaser of our produce.”