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SCHEME FOR MEGA FOOD PARKS IN INDIA

SCHEME FOR MEGA FOOD PARKS IN INDIA

Objectives of the Scheme

  • The primary objective of the MFPS is to provide adequate / excellent infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from the farm to market.
  • It will include creation of infrastructure near the farm, transportation, logistics and centralized processing centres.
  • The main feature of the scheme is a cluster based approach. The scheme will be demand driven; pre-marketed and would facilitate food processing units to meet environmental, safety and social standards.
  • The expected outcome is increased realization for farmers, creation of high quality rural processing infrastructure, reduction in wastage, capacity building of the producers .
  • Processors and creation of an efficient supply chain along with significant direct and indirect employment generation.

Salient Features of the Scheme

  • The scheme-aims to facilitate the establishment of a strong food processing industry backed by an efficient supply chain, which would include collection centres, primary processing centres and cold chain infrastructure.
  • The food processing units, under the scheme, would be located at a Central Processing Centre (CPC) with need based common infrastructure required for processing, packaging, environmental protection systems, quality control labs, trade facilitation centres, etc.
  • The extent of land required for establishing the CPC is estimated to be between 50-100 acres, though the actual requirement of land would depend upon the business plan, which may vary from region to region.
  • CPC would be supported by farm proximate Primary Processing Centres (PPC) and Collection Centres (CCs) in identified locations based on a techno-feasibility study, adequate to meet the requirement of the CPC.
  • The land required for setting up of PPCs and CCs at various locations would be in addition to land required for setting up CPC.          SCHEME FOR MEGA FOOD PARKS IN INDIA
  • On an average, each project may have around 30-35 Food Processing Units with a collective investment of Rs. 250 crores that would eventually lead to annual turnover of about Rs. 450-500 crores and creation of direct and indirect employment to the extent of about 30,000.
  • However, the actual configuration of the project may vary depending upon the business plan for each Mega Food Park.
  • The aggregate investment in CPC, PPCs and CCs may be proportionate and commensurate to the size of the total project keeping in view the economies of scale.

Pattern of Assistance

  1. The scheme envisages a onetime capital grant of 50% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 crores in general areas and 75% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 crores in difficult and hilly areas i.e. North East Region including Sikkim, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and ITDP notified areas of the States.
  2. Considering the complexities of the scheme, the Ministry would engage a Program Management Agency (PMA) to provide management, capacity building, coordination and monitoring support.
  3. For meeting the cost of the above and also other promotional activities by the Ministry, a separate amount, to the extent of 5% of the overall grants is earmarked.          SCHEME FOR MEGA FOOD PARKS IN INDIA

The project cost for the purpose of eligibility under this scheme would consist of the following components:

  • Core Processing Facilities like cleaning, grading, sorting and packing facilities, reefer vans, mobile pre-coolers, mobile collection vans etc.
  • The Central Processing Centres will have buildings for common facilities like Testing Laboratory (including equipments), Cleaning, Grading, Sorting and Packing Facilities (including equipments), Dry Warehouses, specialized storage facilities including Controlled Atmosphere Chambers, Pressure Ventilators, variable Humidity Stores, Pre-cooling Chambers, Ripening Chambers etc. (including equipments), Cold Chain Infrastructure including Reefer Vans, Packaging Unit, Irradiation Facilities, Steam Sterilization Units, Steam Generating Units, Food Incubation-cum-Development Centres etc.
  • Enabling Infrastructure includes roads, drainage, water supply, electricity supply including captive power plant, effluent treatment, telecommunication lines, parking bay including traffic management system, weighbridges etc. at the PPC and CPC level.            SCHEME FOR MEGA FOOD PARKS IN INDIA
  • Enabling infrastructure should be commensurate / proportionate to support core activities.

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