The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has been incentivizing the setting of food processing industries through the Central sector umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY), Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Food Processing Industry (PLISFPI) and centrally sponsored scheme ‘PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme across all the country.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
Under the scheme of creation of infrastructure for agro-processing clusters, a component scheme of PMKSY, the scheme is aimed at the development of modern infrastructure and common facilities to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on the cluster approach and also to create modern infrastructure for food processing closer to production areas and to provide integrated and complete preservation infrastructure facilitates from the farm gate to the consumer.
For One District One Product (ODOP), the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under Centrally Sponsored Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PM FME Scheme), in partnership with the States, provides financial, technical and business support for upgradation of existing micro food processing enterprises. The scheme adopts the ODOP approach to reap the benefit of scale in terms of procurement of inputs, availing of common services and marketing of products.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has advised states for convergence of resources towards ODOP from ongoing centrally sponsored schemes such as the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), etc. A similar approach has been suggested to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying for convergence of their schemes towards ODOP.
In addition, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare under the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (HCDP) had identified 55 clusters of selected high-value horticulture crops and 12 clusters have already been launched in the first phase.
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