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The Creation/Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities (CEFPPC) Scheme promotes the creation of preservation capacities, processing, modernisation and expansion of existing food processing units to increase the level of processing and reduce the level of wastage.
The individual units undertake the processing activities covering a wide range of post-harvest processes resulting in the value addition and enhancing shelf life with specialised facilities required to preserve perishables. The CEFPPC scheme provides financial assistance for the setting up of new units and the expansion or modernisation of the existing individual units.
The expansion of food processing units helps to increase the level of processing and reduce wastage. The introduction of modern technology in the processing units makes a difference in the process efficiency and improvement in the quality of the end product.
The CEFPPC Scheme’s main objective is to create processing and preservation capacities and modernise or expand existing food processing units to help them:
The CEFPPC scheme provides financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid to the food processing units as follows:
North-Eastern states include Sikkim, and the difficult areas include-
The eligible food processing sectors under the CEFPPC scheme are-
The eligible organisations that are treated as implementing agencies of the CEFPPC scheme are-
The above organisations must propose to engage or should be engaged in the creation, expansion, or modernisation of food preservation, and processing capacities are eligible to receive financial assistance under this scheme.
The applications for this scheme are invited through an Expression of Interest (EoI) issued from time to time for inviting proposals. Applicants must submit their loan applications to the banks for appraisal and sanction of the term loan for the projects before filing applications under this scheme.
The application for the CEFPPC scheme needs to be submitted online on the Ministry of Food Processing Industries Portal along with the required documents. Subsequently, the hard copy of the application needs to be sent directly to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) within ten days after uploading the online application.
Upon submission of the application online on the portal, the applicant will receive an acknowledgement number of the application on the email ID for future reference.
The MoFPI appoints the Project Management Agencies (PMA) to evaluate the applications received in response to the EoI at the end of every month. The Technical Committee (TC) will further scrutinise the proposals evaluated by the PMA for making recommendations to the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC).
The decision of the IMAC will be final. The MoFPI will sanction grants-in-aid if the applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria and meet the minimum qualifying assessment criteria. The proposals will be sanctioned based on their preference criteria, merit order, and proposal evaluation according to the assessment criteria.
The MoFPI will disburse the grants through the bank or the financial institution that has sanctioned the term loan for the project. The grants will be credit-linked and released in two instalments, each at the rate of 50% of the grant.