An Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee meeting chaired by Narendra Singh Tomar approved 21 projects, leveraging an investment worth Rs 443 crores with a grant of Rs. 189 Crores under Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition.
Under the Scheme of Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition, Rs 189 crores were allocated, and Rs 15crores was allocated to the BFL scheme.
BFL is the creation of Backward and Forward Linkages, a part of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana.
The projects are to generate 15,000 employment, which would benefit more than 2 lakh farmers.
These projects are to be implemented in ten states, including Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Kerala, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Telangana, and Nagaland.
These 21 projects were likely to generate employment for 12,600 people and would benefit 2,00592 farmers, informed in a Ministry’s statement.
Projects are spread across h10 states of Andhra, Gujarat, HP, J&K, Kerala, Nagaland, Punjab, Telangana, UK, UP.
The Scheme of Integrated Cold Chain and the Value addition infrastructure targets arresting the post-harvest losses of horticulture & non-horticulture produce & providing remunerative price to the farmers.
Another eight projects leveraging investment of Rs 62 crores with grants of Rs. 15 cr under BFL Scheme which were approved in another meeting chaired by the Union FPI Minister.
Rameswar Teli, MoS, FPI was also present in the meeting.
These eight projects likely to generate employment for about 2500 people.
The scheme’s main objective is to provide effective and seamless backward and forward integration for processed food industry by plugging gaps in supply chain in terms of availability of the raw material and linkage with the market.
Union Minister Tomar stated that these projects would benefit farmers and consumers and urged them to expedite the implementation of approved projects.