Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Food Processing Industries, Rural Development and Panchayati Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government was committed to the development of the food processing sector. “A new production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the food processing industry was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a part of the self-reliant India campaign. About Rs 11,000 crores will be spent on the scheme,” he said.
Tomar added that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries has launched the Prime Minister formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan with an aim to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganised sector. The scheme focuses on supporting groups engaged in agri-food processing such as Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs) and producer cooperatives across their value chain.
Calling for cooperation to take the benefits of the government initiatives to all the farmers, he said that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is working on these initiatives in a planned manner.
Tomar said that the Government of India has taken several initiatives to harness the food and horticulture potential of the country to encourage investment and development in the agriculture sector as well as to provide a better environment to the existing enterprises.