Govt in­cen­tives for cold chain

Un­der the schemes launched re­cently by the Gov­ern­ment, it will pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the con­cerned en­trepreneurs for set­ting up cold chain in­fra­struc­ture. The Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries has sanc­tioned 121 cold-chain projects for impl

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With an ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing in­te­grated cold chain and preser­va­tion in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties with­out any hur­dles from the farm gate to the con­sumer, Min­istry of Food Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries has im­ple­mented a Cen­tral Sec­tor Scheme of Cold Chain, Value Ad­di­tion and Preser­va­tion In­fra­struc­ture.

The min­istry also launched a Cen­trally Spon­sored Scheme i.e. Na­tional Mis­sion on Food Pro­cess­ing (NMFP) dur­ing 12th Plan. The NMFP is be­ing im­ple­mented by the State/Union Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments. Un­der the Mis­sion, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will be pro­vided for set­ting up cold chain in­fra­struc­ture through schemes. In Reefer Ve­hi­cles scheme fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to stand­alone reefer ve­hi­cles and mo­bile pre-cool­ing vans for car­ry­ing & trans­port­ing, both hor­ti­cul­tural & non-hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duce will be given as credit linked back.

In­te­grated cold chain and preser­va­tion in­fra­struc­ture can be set up by in­di­vid­u­als, groups of en­trepreneurs, co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmer Pro­ducer Or­ga­ni­za­tions ( FPOs), NGOs, Cen­tral/State PSUs, etc. Un­der the scheme of Cold chain, Value Ad­di­tion and Preser­va­tion In­fra­struc­ture, the Min­istry has sanc­tioned 121 cold chain projects for im­ple­men­ta­tion in the coun­try.

In ad­di­tion, the Na­tional Hor­ti­cul­ture Mis­sion (NHM), the Na­tional Hor­ti­cul­ture Board (NHB), and the Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NCDC) un­der the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Co­op­er­a­tion, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed Food Prod­ucts Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (APEDA) un­der the aegis of Depart­ment of Com­merce, the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­tries, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia are also pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for set­ting up cold stor­ages un­der their re­spec­tive schemes.

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