Kohima, September 23 (NEx): Nagaland has 3 cold storage units with capacity of 7150 MT, available for storing perishable horticulture produce like fruits and vegetables, according to an update given by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the Rajya Sabha, today, September 23, 2020.
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on the cold storage facilities available in the country, informed that, as per available information, there are 8186 number of cold storages with a capacity of 374.25 Lakh MT available in the country for storing perishable horticulture produce like fruits and vegetables.
A study on All India Cold-chain Infrastructure Capacity (AICIC-2015) carried out by NABARD Consultancy Service (NABCONS) assessed requirement of 350 lakh MT capacity of cold storage for perishable fruits and vegetables. Currently, there are 374.25 Lakh MT capacity of cold storages available in the country.
An update on the State/UT wise distribution of Cold Storages as on August 31, 2020, stated that Nagaland has 3 cold storage unit with capacity of 7150 MT. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of cold storage facilities with 2406 units, with capacity of 14714235 MT followed by Gujarat with 969 units, with capacity of 3822112 MT.
The information regarding capacity utilization, real time data regarding availability, cost etc on cold storage facilities for farmers and traders etc. is not centrally maintained by the Ministry. There is no real-time monitoring System.
Government of India is implementing following schemes under which financial assistance is provided for setting up of cold storages throughout the country to bridge the gap between availability and required cold storage capacity, informed the Union Minister.
Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH):
Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) under which financial assistance is provided for various horticulture activities including setting up of cold storages. The component is demand/entrepreneur driven for which Government assistance in the form of credit linked back ended subsidy is available at the rate of 35% (for general areas) and 50% (for hilly and scheduled areas) of eligible capital cost of the project for both public and private sector enterprises.
Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY):
Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure as one of the component of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) with the objective of reducing post-harvest losses of horticulture & non-horticulture produce and providing remunerative price to farmers for their produce.
Under the scheme, Ministry provides financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid at the rate of 35% for general areas and 50% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP areas and Islands for storage and transport infrastructure and at the rate of 50% and 75% respectively for value addition and processing infrastructure subject to a maximum of Rs.10 crore per project for setting up Integrated Cold Chain projects including Irradiation facility. Standalone cold storages are not covered under the Scheme.
(with input from PIB Delhi)