Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has been implementing the scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro Processing Clusters (APC) under the umbrella scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) to incentivise setting up of agro processing clusters in the country. Under the scheme, processing and preservation infrastructure like cold storage, pre-cooling chambers, ripening chambers, IQF, specialised packaging, food testing laboratory, cleaning, grading, sorting and packing facilities, steam generation boilers and warehouses are being created as part of cluster approach for use of food processing units to be or being set up under these projects. The scheme envisages grants-in-aid at 35 percent of eligible project cost in general areas and at 50 percent of eligible project cost in the north east states (including Sikkim) and difficult areas namely Himalayan states and union territories such as Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Uttarakhand; state notified Integrated Tribal Development Projects (ITDP) areas; Islands and SC/ST entrepreneurs subject to maximum of Rs. 10 crore per project. Till date the ministry has approved 56 projects under the scheme.
State-wise number of agro processing clusters
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Further, MoFPI has been implementing a separate scheme for development of mega food parks (MFP). So far, MoFPI has sanctioned 37 MFPs and given in-principle approval for to MFPs in the country.
This information was given by Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Teli in a written reply in Lok Sabha Tuesday.
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