Govt approves projects worth Rs. 363.4 Cr for food processing industries

Under CEFPPC, there are 11 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 113.08 Cr including grants-in-aid of Rs. 36.30 Cr. Under the creation of infrastructure for APC, 9 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 250.32 Cr. including grants-in-aid of Rs. 66.61 Cr

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New Delhi: Union Minister of Food Processing industries, Narendra Singh Tomar chaired two Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) meetings through video conference on 17th February to consider the proposals received under the scheme for creation for infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster (APC) and the scheme for expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities (CEFPPC) under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).
Minister of State, Rameshwar Teli was also present in the meeting along with promoters of the projects who also participated in the meeting through Video Conference.
The proposals for projects approved in the IMAC meetings are expected to increase the level of processing and value addition of horticultural/agricultural produce, which will result in an increase in the income of the farmers and create employment at the local level.
Under CEFPPC, there are 11 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 113.08 Cr including grants-in-aid of Rs. 36.30 Cr in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Mizoram & Gujarat.
These projects will leverage private investment of Rs. 76.78 Cr and are expected to generate employment to 3700 persons & benefit 6800 farmers.
The Scheme was approved on 05.05.2017 under PMKSY to promote processing/preservation of agro-food products and modernization/capacity enhancement of food processing. This will help in increasing the level of processing and value addition thereby reducing the wastage of agro-produce.
Under the creation of infrastructure for APC, 9 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 250.32 Cr. including grants-in-aid of Rs. 66.61 Cr in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Rajasthan.
These projects will leverage private investment of Rs. 183.71 Cr and are expected to generate employment to 8260 persons & benefit 36000 farmers.
The scheme for the creation of infrastructure for APC was approved on 03.05.2017 under PMKSY for encouraging entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on the cluster approach.