Govt approved 21 projects under Integrated Cold Chain & Value Addition scheme.
The inter-Ministerial Approval Committee meeting that was chaired by Minister for Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar, has approved 21 projects on November 9, 2020.
Under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition, the government has leveraged the investment worth rupees 443 crore. It was further supported with a grant of rupees 189 crore.
The launched projects will benefit the farmers and consumers. These projects will generate employment for nearly 12 thousand 600 people, Further, it will benefit over two lakh farmers.
The 21 projects are spread across states including Andhra Pradesh, Himanchal Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Punjab, Nagaland, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
The Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure is aimed at reducing the post-harvest losses of horticulture and non-horticulture produce. It will also provide remunerative price to farmers.
Apart from that, 8 more projects were also approved that will leverage the investment of worth rupees 62 crore. It will also be supported by the grant of rupees 15 crore under the Backward and Forward Linkages (BFL) Scheme. These projects would be generating the employment for nearly 2500 people. The primary objective of the scheme is to provide effective and seamless backward and forward integration for the processed food industry. The forward and backward integration would be provided by plugging the gaps in the supply chain. The supply chain would look after the availability of raw material and linkages with the market.
Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure
The primary objective of the scheme is to provide integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure facilities without any break. It will integrate the facilities from the farm gate to the consumer. The scheme covers the creation of infrastructure facility along the entire supply chain including the pre-cooling, weighing, grading, sorting, waxing facilities at farm level. The integrated cold chain project is being set up by the Partnership Firms, Companies, Corporations, Cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).