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The Union Cabinet approved SAMPADA (Scheme For Agro-Marine Processing And Development Of Agro-Processing Clusters), a Central Sector Scheme, in May 2017. The SAMPADA scheme is renamed as the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana’ (PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana).
The government approved the PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana with an allocation of Rs.6,000 crore for the period of 2016-20, implemented by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). The PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana is a comprehensive scheme that provides for creating modern infrastructure with robust supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet. It will result in a significant boost to the growth of the food processing sector in India.
The PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana helps in getting better returns to the farmers. It aims at identifying agro clusters and giving them subsidies to achieve seamless transfer of food products from the producing centres to the market. It is an umbrella scheme that encompasses various schemes within its scope.
The PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana aims to integrate the new and existing schemes that target reducing wastage, double farmer’s income and providing quality food to consumers at reasonable prices. It is an all-inclusive package to provide a renewed thrust to the food processing sector and plunge the gaps in the supply chain.
The following schemes are implemented under the PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana:
The scheme of ‘Mega Food Parks’ provides a mechanism to link market and agricultural production by bringing retailers, processors and farmers together to ensure maximum value addition, minimum wastage, increase in farmers income and create employment opportunities, especially in the rural sector.
The scheme of ‘Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure’ provides integrated preservation infrastructure and cold chain facilities from the farm gate to the consumers. It creates infrastructure facilities for the entire supply chain, namely, weighing, pre-cooling, grading, sorting, multi-product/multi-temperature cold storage, waxing facilities at farm level, portable cooling units for facilitating distribution of horticulture, meat and poultry etc.
This scheme creates processing and preservation capacities and modernisation/expansion of existing food processing units to increase processing and add value resulting in the reduction of wastage. The individual units undertake processing activities that cover a wide range of post-harvest processes resulting in value addition and enhance shelf life with specialised facilities required to preserve perishables.
This scheme develops common facilities and modern infrastructure to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units. It encourages entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on a cluster approach by linking groups of farmers/producers to the markets and processors through a well-equipped supply chain with modern infrastructure. Every agro-processing cluster under this scheme has two basic components, i.e. Basic Enabling Infrastructure and Core Infrastructure/Common Facilities.
This scheme provides seamless and effective forward and backward integration for the processed food industry by reducing the gaps in the supply chain in terms of linkages with the market and the availability of raw materials. Financial assistance is provided for setting up collection centers/primary processing centers at farm gate and modern retail outlets and connectivity through refrigerated/insulated transport.
Food safety and quality have become a competitive edge for food products in the global market. To achieve the objectives of food safety and quality, the government has extended financial assistance under this scheme under the following two components:
The PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana will leverage investment of Rs.31,400 crore for the handling of 334 lakh MT agro-produce valued at Rs.1,04,125 crore, which benefits 20 lakh farmers and generates 5,30,500 indirect/direct employment in the country by 2019-20.
Under the PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a capital subsidy in the manner of grants-in-aid ranging from 35% to 75% of the eligible project cost up to the maximum specified limit is provided under the various schemes to investors for undertaking logistic projects, infrastructure and setting up of food processing units in India. The benefits of the PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana scheme are as follows: