The Maharashtra State Agriculture Commerce Ministry’s APEDA in collaboration with the National Horticulture Mission is going to establish the country’s first irradiation center at Vashi. For this purpose, a one-acre plot has been made available at the APMC market in Vashi. Once the market is established, the turnover of the agriculture market is expected to increase. The bhoomipujan of the irradiation centre to be established at Vashi was done at the hands of State Commerce Minister Harshwardhan Patil. Also present was Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. This plant will be made on the one-acre plot with a total expenditure of Rs. 20 Crores. Through this proposal, the agricultural produce such as fruits and vegetables will be irradiated and made bacteria free using scientific techniques including the usage of gamma rays. State Commerce Minister Harshwardhan Patil gave an insight about the irradiation plant. The Minister informed that they have taken technical assistance from BARC for the project. The project is likely to benefit the farmers financially and also provide employment. With this process, foodgrains can also be irradiated and stored and therefore, there would not be scantiness of food grains. He also informed that the panan mandal is yet to decide about whom to give the control of the irradiation plant. APMC secretary Sudhir Tungar explained the technical aspect and the utility of the irradiation plant. The centre is likely to improve the turnover of the market as goods would be exported making the perishable items bacteria free. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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