In order to provide impetus to the Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has announced that schemes for food processing industries will now be decentralised with active participation of the state governments. The Ministry is also working on bringing amendments in Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act.
According to the Ministry, it is working on allocation of 42 mega food parks, 138 cold chain projects and 60 slaughterhouses. The excise duty on food processing and packaging industries have been reduced from 10 percent to 6 percent. The Ministry has released Rs. 2,000 Crore to NABARD to provide affordable credit to the food processing units to be set up in the designated food parks.
As per the ministry statistics, from June 2014 to December 2014, five mega food parks have been accorded final approval. So far, the Government has approved sanctioning of 42 projects. Out of this, 25 projects are presently under implementation. Three projects at Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), and Tumkur (Karnataka) have already become operational, and a number of units have been set up in these parks. The project at Fazilka in Punjab is going to be operational very soon. Further, projects in Jangipur in Murshidabad district of West Bengal and Khargone in Madhya Pradesh will be completed by the end of this financial year.
Under the Integrated Cold Chain Scheme, from June 2014 to December 2014, 10 projects have been completed. The ministry has till date sanctioned 112 integrated cold chain projects with a grant of Rs. 935.16 Crore and private investment of Rs 1826.11 Crore. Out of these, 48 cold chain projects have already been completed and another 20 projects will be commissioned during the current year. So far, 2.46 lakh tonnes of cold storage, 84.86 lakh litres per day milk processing, 330 of refrigerated trucks and 59.5 MT per hour of individual quick freezing capacity have been created.