The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has sanctioned 37 mega food parks and 298 integrated cold chain projects throughout the country to fill in the gaps across the value chain and establishing the cold chain grid, said Rameswar Teli, minister of state for Food Processing Industries. The MoFPI is focusing on building cold chain infrastructure across the country, for seamless transfer of perishables from production to consumption areas, through the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).
 
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  1. Apart from the mega food parks and integrated cold chain, 45 projects have been approved for agro processing clusters, 58 projects have been cleared for creation of backward and forward linkages.
  2. Further, 219 projects for creation and expansion of food processing and preservation capacities have been approved in the country.
  3. Under operation greens, five projects have been approved and another 150 projects under food testing laboratories.
  4. These schemes aim at arresting post-harvest losses of horticulture and non-horticulture produce by encouraging the creation of cold storages/ primary processing/ and transportation facilities across the country.
  5. These schemes are demand-driven, mostly by the private investors. Financial assistance to the eligible applicants is provided against the Expression of Interests (EoI) issued by the MoFPI from time to time.
  6. Government of India (GOI) has approved a new Central Sector Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) with an allocation of Rs. 6,000 crore for the period 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.
  7. PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana is a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.
The following schemes will be implemented under PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana :
  1. Mega Food Parks
  2. Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure
  3. Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing/ Preservation Capacities (Unit Scheme)
  4. Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters
  5. Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages
  6. Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure
  7. Human Resources and Institutions