13 Feb 2014

Rs. 204.85 Crore Released Under National Mission on Food Processing

A sum of Rs. 204.85 crore has been released to States/UTs under the National Mission of Food Processing (NMFP) during 2012-13 and 2013-14 ( upto 31.1.2014).

            Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme - National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) during 12th Five Year Plan. 

Under the Mission, State Governments are empowered to receive the applications, sanction and release the grants-in-aid to the eligible beneficiaries. Mission also provides flexibility to States / UTs in the selection of beneficiaries and location of projects etc. for the development of food processing sector.

The Schemes covered under the Mission during 12th Plan are:

(i)                  Scheme for Technology Up-gradation/ Establishment/ Modernisation of Food Processing                                  Industries.

(ii)                Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure for Non-Horticultural                           Products.

(iii)               Setting up/modernization/expansion of Abattoirs (to be implemented w.e.f.2014-17).

(iv)              Scheme for Human Resource Development (HRD).
(a)        Creation of Infrastructure Facilities for Running Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate Courses in                      Food Processing Technology.

            (b)               Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).

            (c)                Food Processing Training Centre (FPTC).

(d)               Training at recognized Institutes and sensitization cum awareness programme.

(v)        Scheme for Promotional Activities

a)                  Organizing Seminar/Workshops

b)                  Conducting Studies/Surveys

c)                  Support to Exhibitions/Fairs

d)                  Advertisement & Publicity

(v)                Scheme for Creating Primary Processing Centres/ Collection Centres in Rural Areas.

(vi)              Modernisation of Meat Shops.

(vii)             Reefer Vehicles.
Scheme of Technology Up-gradation/Establishment/Modernisation of Food Processing Industries, interalia, is one of the Schemes of the National Mission on Food Processing. Under the above Scheme all the eligible Food Processing Units including Pulse Processing Units are provided Financial assistance as per Scheme guidelines. 

The grants-in-aid is provided to the implementing agencies/ entrepreneurs @25% of the cost of plant and machinery and technical civil works subject to a maximum of Rs. 50.00 lakhs for general areas, @33.33% subject to maximum of Rs. 75.00 lakhs in difficult areas including Hilly areas like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and ITDP areas in the country and @ 50% subject to maximum of Rs.100 lakhs for North-Eastern States including Sikkim. The above said scheme has been covered under the NMFP.

            This information was given in Rajya Sabha today by Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Dr. Charan Das Mahant in a written reply.

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