Throw light on the hub and spoke architecture of a Mega Food Park examining its forward and backward linkages.
A mega food park is basically a hub and spoke architecture comprising Collection Centres (CCs) and Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) as spokes linked to a Central Processing Centre as hub. CCs work as points of aggregation of the produce from individual farmers. The PPCs work has primary handling centres which use the raw materials. The Central Processing Centre is an industrial park or final food processing centre. With Central processing Centre requiring raw materials from CC and PPC so, it has backward linkages. When CPC (Mega Food Park) supplies final food products to customers it has forward linkage.