KINFRA Industrial Park, Nellad
Units at the KINFRA food processing and small scale industrial park at Nellad serve a range of customers, varying from the local population to the premium US customers of value added products. In the process, they have changed the economy of the region.
Step onto the campus of AMES Food Processors Ltd at the Small Industries Park at Nellad in Ernakulam district, and you feel you have been transported to an unfamiliar world. And you cannot be blamed, too.
AMES, the Indian subsidiary of the US-based group, set up by George Paulose, is into making value-added products with cashew. It meets every global standards in food processing, be it the production plant, quality control, raw material, or even the campus. The company which started in 2005 with the aim of functioning as a procurement station today is a manufacturing hub. The company aims at turning it into a manufacturing and marketing hub for the entire South Asian market.
The success of AMES is a commentary on the efforts KINFRA has taken to promote food processing industry in Kerala by readying proper infrastructure. The park, set up in an area of 67 acres of land under the Integrated Infrastructure Development Scheme of the Centre, has promoted small industrial as well as food processing units. The companies are mostly in the sectors as diverse as manufacturing, polymers, ayurveda, herbal extracts and agro-based units.
The Dhatri brand has set up its research and development centre at the park. The company has till now launched close to a dozen products from the work that has been happening at the centre here. The company is planning to launch one product once in two months.
The units in the park has come as a big relief to the people who live around the area. Many like Sarala Jayakrishnan says life has become a lot more better after she got a job with Brahmins. She earns close to Rs 100 a day and other emoluments for working in the packing session of the unit. She took up the job after her children started going to school. One of them is pursuing graduation while the other is at school. “My income, though not too much, has made a qualitative change to our lives.”
It is not just industrial development that has come with the park. The most important change that has visited the area is the development of the sleepy village into a buzzling town. The evenings are colourful and brisk. The village which did not have a single bank has now branches of five nationalised banks here.
Even other business int eh area have benefitted by the park. The visitors to the park have helped improve the business for Arya hotel, says Rajesh R, its manager. “We have a conference hall and 19 deluxe rooms, and the business is good.” Even the AC restaurant, which the village could not have even dreamt of before ther park was set up, has its tables fully occupied during peak hours.
Around 30 acre of the park has been earmarked for projects in the food processing sector alone. Companies like Sara Spices, which produces ready-to-eat products, Dr Warrier’s Panchakarma Institute which brings out Dhatri brand of Ayurvedic products and Brahmins’, the popular food brand, have already set up units in the park.
The park has an effluent treatment plant which uses a common drainage system to collect effluents. The ETP has a full capacity of 400 cubic metres per day. The park offers infrastructure facilities such as water, power and developed land. It has a cold storage which has a capacity of 50 tonne, and can be expanded to 250 tonne.