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The PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme would leverage organic food production and the food processing industry in the north eastern states stand to benefit immensely. The scheme and Extended Operation Green scheme launched under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, would directly benefit farmers and micro entrepreneurs who contribute significantly to the Indian economy. Food processing industry provides employment to about 55 lakh people in rural areas and this sector is a ray of hope specially for those people who have returned to their villages and homes during COVID-19 crisis. The government aims to connect the unorganised food processing units to the mainstream, addressing at the virtual launch of ‘Sapno ki Udaan’, Rameswar Teli, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has said recently.
NE is well known for its organic products
Under this scheme, facilities of warehouses, cold storage and marketing and branding will be provided in the clusters of fruits and vegetables. The scheme would focus on north east, women, SCs, STs and aspirational districts. NE is well known for its organic products. Pineapple, banana, turmeric, ginger, oranges, black rice, bamboo and other products are available in abundance in the NE region. The processing of farm produce needs to be increased which can be done with the help of the new schemes launched under Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the minister further said..
Providing details of the scheme, he informed that under Extended Operation Greens scheme, now all varieties of fruits and vegetables are included. This scheme would help in price stability and fair returns to the farmers. He added that 50 percent subsidy for transportation of fruits and vegetables would be provided under the scheme. He concluded by saying that both the schemes of MoFPI would contribute significantly in employment generation, reducing wastage of farm produce, formalisation of micro units and providing fair returns to the farmers.