In a move to ensure remunerative prices to farmers’ produce and year-round availability of food products to consumers, the Government is implementing a central sector scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure in the country, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
“The objective of the scheme is to create infrastructure to link farm produce to retail markets. It aims to provide integrated cold chain, preservation and value addition infrastructure facilities without any break - from the farm gate to the consumer - in order to reduce post-harvest losses,” the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
The scheme is not crop specific and financial assistance is being provided in the form of grant-in-aid of maximum Rs10 Crore per project - to create an infrastructure for backward and forward integration of both horticulture and non-horticulture produce. “The scheme is primarily private sector driven and proposals under this scheme are invited through Expression of Interest (EOI),” Jyoti said.