DAVANGERE, KARNATAKA, INDIA — Cargill inaugurated on Jan. 21 a-state-of-the-art wet corn milling plant in Davangere, Karnataka, India. The plant was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri Siddaramaiah in the presence of David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Siraj Chaudhry, Cargill India’s chairman, and a gathering of over 500 guests.
The $100 million investment is spread over 44.5 acres of land and has a capacity to mill 800 tonnes of corn daily. At the mill, corn will be processed to produce glucose and other derivatives which can be used as thickeners, sweeteners and for other purposes in the food and healthcare industry. While the output from the new mill will be largely used for the local market, it will also serve customers in Southeast Asian and African markets.
The newly built facility meets stringent global quality and food safety requirements, Cargill said. The plant was built using the latest water management technology that will have zero waste water discharge by treating and recycling waste water within the factory.
In addition to the local people who will be working at the plant, farmers will benefit from the new local demand thereby reducing inefficiencies, increasing incomes and improving their livelihood in the process, Cargill said.
“We are pleased to welcome Cargill in the development and growth of Karnataka,” said Siddaramaiah. “I am confident that the new facility in Davangere will catapult the progress of the district and benefit the local communities as they will have access to new job opportunities and farmers will get world-class training and a new market for their crops.”
MacLennan said, “At Cargill, we are committed to help our customers and communities we operate in thrive. Cargill’s commitment towards successful establishment of our business in India without compromising on ecological balance, employee safety and customer delivery are top priorities for us.”