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Food processing projects approved under Creation Of Infrastructure For Agro-Processing Cluster

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  • November 26, 2020
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Food processing projects approved under Creation Of Infrastructure For Agro-Processing Cluster

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Food processing

In news

  • The government has approved seven proposals of Food Processing Projects worth over 234 crore rupees under the Scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster.
  • The scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster was approved in 2017 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana to incentivize the setting up of agro processing clusters in the country.
  • This scheme aims at development of modern infrastructure to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach.

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana

  • In 2016, MoFPI introduced an umbrella Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA). 
  • It was proposed to be implemented with an allocation of ₹6,000 crores for the period of 2016-20.
  • In 2017, SAMPADA was renamed as the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).
  • It is a Central Sector Scheme.
  • Objectives: (1) To supplement agriculture; (2) To create processing and preservation capacities; (3) To modernise and expand existing food processing units with a view to increasing the level of processing; (4) To add value leading to the reduction of wastage.
  • Seven component schemes under PMKSY: (1) Mega Food Parks; (2) Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure; (3) Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Clusters; (4) Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages; (5) Creation/Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities; (6) Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure; (7) Human Resources and Institutions.
  • Under PMKSY, capital subsidy in the form of grants-in-aid ranging from 35% to 75% of the eligible project cost subject to a maximum specified limit is provided to investors under the various schemes for undertaking infrastructure, logistic projects and setting up of food processing units in the country.

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