KINFRA Techno Industrial Park, Malappuram
The units in the park source raw material from the local communities and make value added products. In the process, they create large number of jobs and support the local economy.
The KINFRA Food Processing Park at Kakkancherry, Malappuram district, is a pioneering initiative that aims at crystallising all that is good about the food processing industry: creating massive employment, encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting local agriculture and economy.
The Park, developed at a cost of Rs 19.50 crore with an assistance of Rs 4 crore from the Union Ministry of Food Processing, caters to fruits and vegetables processing industries, milk products, poultry and meat products, and the grain-processing industry.
The Park hosts several food processing units including Parison Foods, which is the largest edible oil refining unit in Kerala, Foster Foods, Midwest Foods Limited ,Merry Times Foods and Falcon. Some other units produce ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat food products which are either distributed in the home market or are exported.
Midwest Foods is one such unit at the Park. Started two years ago by K V Satheesh, the company is now expanding the horizons of its operations: It has already sourced technology from Defence Foods Research Laboratory and the Central Food Technological Research Institute for making products such as chapathis with long shelf life. The other products getting ready in his state-of-the-art kitchen are sugar-free cakes, several varieties of bread including special products for diabetes patients.
The park has helped the local economy immensely. Most of the company’s employee’s are women who come from the nearby places. For the men who come from faraway places, the company has provided quarters. They come unskilled labourers, and are trained.
It has made the most of the advantages Kerala has in food processing industry: a clean environment, availability of quality raw material in the local market and large pool of human resource. Kerala’s very high record in personal hygiene, an essential pre-requisite for the food processing industry, helps units thrive.
The Central Warehousing Corporation is setting up a cold storage facility in the park and a quality assurance lab.
The Neo Space, Kakkancherry
The Neo Space at the KINFRA Park, Kakkancherry is unique in that it is the first major IT infrastructure in the Malabar region. The 85,000 sft facility houses 24 units and employs more than 200 professionals.
The companies in Park engaged in a wide variety of activities which include Software Development, Business Process Outsourcing, Web Development, IT enabled services, KPO and Animation. Most of the companies have offices in other countries.
Cybrosis Techno Solutions Pvt Limited is a daring company. Perhaps they have taken a cue from A P J Abdul Kalam who opened the Neo Space, and decided to dream it big. They are into software products and R&D, a rare feat for a start-up company. And they are serious about their business: they have filed six patents in the last six months. The company has a very ambitious plan: a patent a month. Moreover, this, as well as the other software companies, have done a commendable social cause: several engineers from this backward area, who would not have ventured out of their own home ground now work on exciting projects. Like Omega K, an electronics engineer who graduated from Government Engineering College, Kannur: “I took up this job primarily because I can commute from home which is hardly 20 km away. A journey outside the state for a job is almost out of question.” She has been working with Cybrosis for the last two years. Some of her colleagues have worked with bigger institutions in metros but chose to return home.
The IT space has 85,000 sft. At present, it houses 24 units in which 300 people work.