Kohima, November 09 (NEx): The Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday, November 09, approved 29 projects in food processing sector spreading across 10 States, including Nagaland State.
An Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) meeting chaired by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries approved 21 projects, leveraging investment worth Rs 443 crores supported with a grant of Rs. 189 Crores under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition.
These 21 projects are likely to generate employment for nearly 12,600 people and benefit 2,00592 farmers, informed a statement from the Ministry. Projects are spread across 10 states of Andhra, Gujarat, HP, J&K, Kerala, Nagaland, Punjab, Telangana, UK, UP. The Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure aims at arresting post-harvest losses of horticulture & non-horticulture produce & providing remunerative price to farmers.
Another 8 projects leveraging investment worth Rs 62 crores with grants of Rs. 15 cr under the BFL Scheme were approved in another meeting chaired by Union FPI Minister. Rameswar Teli, MoS, FPI was also present in the meeting, it stated.
These 8 projects are likely to generate employment for nearly 2500 people. The objective of the scheme is to provide effective and seamless backward and forward integration for the processed food industry by plugging the gaps in the supply chain in terms of availability of raw material and linkages with the market.
Union Minister, Tomar said that these projects would benefit farmers and consumers and urged the officers to expedite the implementation of approved projects.
(With inputs from PIB)