The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, has been implementing Central sector umbrella scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) since 2016-17 for overall growth and development of the food processing sector, including the processing of agro- products and thus increasing the income of the farmers, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The component schemes of PMKSY are – (i) Mega Food Parks, (ii) Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, (iii) Creation and Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities, (iv) Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Clusters, (v) Creation of Backward & Forward linkages, (vi) Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure, (vii) Human Resource and Institutions and (viii) Operation Greens, the minister informed the lower house of Indian parliament,
Under component schemes of PMKSY, MoFPI provides mostly credit-linked financial assistance (capital subsidy) in the form of grants-in-aid to entrepreneurs for setting up food processing and preservation industries. PMKSY is not region or state-specific but demand-driven and is implemented across the country. So far, Ministry has approved 41 Mega Food Parks, 353 Cold Chain projects, 63 Agro-Processing Clusters, 292 Food Processing Units, 63 Creation of Backward & Forward Linkages Projects and six Operation Green projects across India under corresponding component schemes of PMKSY. Out of these, Ministry has approved one Mega Food Park project, 17 Cold Chain projects, 10 Agro-Processing Clusters, 22 Food Processing Units, nine Creation of Backward & Forward Linkages Projects along with 20 Food Test Laboratory projects in Tamil Nadu under corresponding component schemes of PMKSY, Patel further said.
The sanctioned projects across the country under component schemes of PMKSY are estimated to benefit about 34 lakh farmers on completion. In the evaluation study of Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure Scheme conducted by NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) in 2020, it has been estimated that captive projects under the scheme have resulted in an increase in farm-gate prices by 12.38 per cent and each project is estimated to benefit more than 9,500 farmers, the minister added.
Also, as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Initiative, MoFPI is implementing a Centrally sponsored scheme-PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME) for providing financial, technical and business support for setting up and up-gradation of two lakh micro food processing enterprises through credit linked subsidy during five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 with an outlay of Rs.10,000 crore. Out of this, a total of 12,128 units have been allocated to Tamil Nadu with a tentative outlay of Rs 572.71 crore for five years, he further said.
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