India approves 27 integrated cold chain projects with ₹743 cr investment
September 8, 2020: in The Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) meetings under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) approved 27 projects in 11 states with an investment of 743 crore investment.
September 8, 2020: in The Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) meetings under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) approved 27 projects in 11 states with an investment of ₹743 crore investment.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, who chaired the meetings, has stated that new integrated cold chain projects are likely to generate direct and indirect employment for 16,200 and are likely to benefit 2,57,904 farmers.
Geography of cold chain projects
The projects have been approved across the states of Andhra Pradesh (7), Bihar(1), Gujarat(2), Haryana(4), Karnataka(3), Kerala(1), Madhya Pradesh(1), Punjab(1), Rajasthan(2), Tamil Nadu(4) and Uttar Pradesh(1). These 27 new integrated cold chain projects will leverage a total investment of 743 crores for the creation of modern, innovative infrastructure and effective cold chain facilities for the food processing sector across the nation. These projects with a grant-in-aid of 208 crores will help increase efficiency and sustainability in India’s food supply chain.
Badal added, “Saving the perishable produce, by provisioning adequate infrastructure, shall not only help in augmenting farmer’s incomes but it shall also act as a small step towards making India atmanirbhar/self-reliant in the fruits and vegetable sector.
She further said that these integrated cold chain projects will not only provide a big boost to the growth of food processing infrastructure but would also help in streamlining the agricultural supply chain, generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in rural areas, provide better prices to farmers, end-users, and benefit allied sectors.
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana
85 cold chain projects have been considered for financial assistance throughout the country. This is a boost to Government’s efforts towards bridging the gap in supply chain and building world-class cold chain infrastructure through the Scheme of Cold Chain, Value Addition & Preservation Infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana.
Hon'ble Minister FPI @HarsimratBadal_ along with MoS, FPI @Rameswar_Teli chairs an Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) meeting to assess and consider 27 projects under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/oLsUdPdwkd— FOOD PROCESSING MIN (@MOFPI_GOI) August 31, 2020