With the aim to provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing industries along the value chain from farm to the market, the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Pashupati Kumar Paras and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated 21 food processing projects during the Food Processing Week held from 6 to 12 September as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The total cost of these projects is Rs 416.59 crores, and the ministry approved a grant-in-aid of Rs 104.21 crore for these projects, which will ensure value addition, the longer shelf life for farm produce, better price realisation for farmers, an excellent storage facility, and an alternate market for farmers in the region. These projects will also provide direct and indirect employment to about 7,500 persons and benefit about 32,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
During the pandemic, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, launched the PMFME scheme for micro and unorganized entrepreneurs in the food processing sector. Under the PMFME scheme, Seed Capital was released to the members of self-help groups in various states. During the Food Processing Week, 4,709 members of SHGs across the country were provided financial assistance amounting to over Rs 13.41 crores as seed capital.