The Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation Ltd. popularly known as hpmc was incorporated in June, 1974 as a subsidiary of the Himachal Pradesh Agro Industries Corporation Limited with the objective of providing Mechanical Packing/Grading, Marketing, Forwarding, Warehousing, Distribution of Horticultural Inputs, Cold Storages and Processing facilities to the growers of the State. The hpmc ceased to be the subsidiary company of the HP Agro Industries Corporation Ltd., in 1996-97 and has since then become fully owned Government Company. The Corporation has completed 32 years of its existence and all these years have taken many a significant strides and secured for itself a pride of place in the field of marketing, processing and creation of infrastructural net-work within and outside the State.
The Corporation has developed a vast infrastructural network in the fruit growing areas of Himachal Pradesh by setting up of 11 Mechanical Grading/Packing Houses with a capacity of 34,000 MT, 5 Cold Storages of 1,000 MT each out of which 2 Cold Storages at Oddi and Patlikuhl have pre-cooling facilities. Various pre-harvest and post-harvest activities in these catchment areas under 5 Regional Offices at Shimla, Rohru, Kullu (Bhunter), Kangra and Rampur are being undertaken through 18 Branches/Sub Offices within the State and 6 Regional Offices outside the State located at Delhi(2), Chandigarh, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The Corporation has also developed 4 Cold Storages in terminal markets at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Parwanu with total installed capacity of 11750 MT and plans to further expand the cold storage facilities at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. In the field of fruit processing, the Corporation has its own modern and prestigious Plant at Parwanu (Solan) and another at Jarol (Mandi) with total installed capacity of 21,000 MT which has further been strengthened with taking over of Processing Plant of HIMPROCESS having capacity of 1,000 MT, at Jabli (Solan)on lease hold basis made operational from September, 2003. The Fruit Processing Plant at Parwanu has been upgraded by adding hitech Pulper Line, Tetrapak Filling System and Pomace Dryer Unit for scientific disposal of solid waste of fruits. Recently Slim Pak filling machine TBA-9 has also been installed which will triple the production.
RTI Act 2005 – Proactive Disclosure 06-Jul-2006 Page 0 of 6 HIMACHAL PRADESH HP Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation b) Function/Duties and Objectives of the Corporation:
1. To aid, assist, initiate, promote,- expedite, accelerate and/or execute development projects, enterprises and/or programmes which in the opinion of the Company are likely to promote and/or advance the production, packing and grading, transportation, storing, processing and marketing of apple. apple products and/or other fruits and the related products.
2. To develop, aid, assist, initiate, promote, organize and finance units and agencies in the field of production, marketing, processing, warehousing and cold storage of 'apples. other fruits, vegetables and/or their related products and/or by-products with a view to providing such units and agencies with financial, technical and managerial assistance for the prosecution of their work and business. to enable them to develop and improve their methods of production/manufacture, management and marketing and their techniques of production and to -acquire and dispose of shares and interest thereof.
3. To undertake and carry out production/manufacture, processing, storing, transporting and marketing of apples and apple products and other fruits and vegetable products and all such...