New integrated cold chain projects will benefit 257,904 farmers and create 16,200 jobs, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said. Twenty-seven projects have been approved under the scheme for integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY), she said in a statement.
“These 27 new integrated cold chain projects will leverage a total investment of 743 crores for the creation of modern, innovative infrastructure and effective cold chain facilities for the food processing sector across the nation. These projects with a grant-in-aid of 208 crores will help increase efficiency and sustainability in India’s food supply chain,” she said.
Badal said the projects have been approved across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.
“Saving the perishable produce, by provisioning adequate infrastructure, shall not only help in augmenting farmer’s incomes but it shall also act as a small step towards making India Atma Nirbhar in the fruits and vegetables sector,” she said.
Under the Centres scheme of integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure, the food processing ministry provides financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid at the rate of 35% for general areas and at 50% for north-eastern states, Himalayan states and Islands for storage and transport infrastructure. Assistance is also given for value addition and processing infrastructure subject to a maximum grant-in-aid of 10 crores per project for setting up integrated cold chain projects, including irradiation facility from the farm gate to the consumer.
The integrated cold chain projects will boost growth of food processing infrastructure and help in streamlining the agricultural supply chain, generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in rural areas, provide better prices to farmers, end-users, and benefit allied sectors.