Lahore, October 04, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has planned to set up fruits, vegetables and condiments processing and mango pulping centers at Naushehroferoze and Mirpurkhas with a total cost of Rs. 535.106 million and Rs. 575.4 million respectively. Mr. Sher Ayub, Chief Executive Officer SMEDA has advised the Provincial office of SMEDA-Sindh to start implementation on these projects within the current financial year.
The main objectives of the schemes are to provide common facility services in ripening, sterilization, pulping, sorting, grading and packaging of fruits and vegetables, CEO SMEDA said adding that State of the art agro processing machinery, costing around Rs. 623 million, will be installed for the two model facilitates, which will enable local stakeholders increase their profitability in domestic markets and gain access to international markets for value added horticulture produce.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Provincial Chief SMEDA Sindh has reported to the CEO SMEDA that Bahria Foundation and SMEDA are working together for creating better infrastructure facilities to promote the horticulture sector in Sindh. Syed Imdad Imam Jafri, Deputy Managing Director Bahria Foundation in a recent meeting held at SMEDA-Sindh office has acknowledged the valuable cooperation of SMEDA in establishment of a modern Cold Storage (CA) facility by Bahria Foundation in Karachi with a cost of around Rs. 350 million.
He told that the Deputy Managing Director Bahria Foundation had expressed further expressed deep interest in establishing infrastructure projects in the logistics, power, auto-assembling and tourism sectors. SMEDA will assist Bahria Foundation in project viability assessment and establishment of projects for electric motorcycle assembly, wind power, cement and tourism services in Tharparkar, the Provincial Chief SMEDA-Sindh added.
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