Govt to launch Rs. 6000- cr ‘SAMPADA’ scheme for food processing

The government will soon launch an umbrella programme ‘SAMPADA’ for food processing sector with Rs. 6,000 crore outlay to integrate current and new schemes like mega food parks and cold chain projects aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers’ income. Announcing this, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said her ministry would soon approach the Cabinet for the approval of ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA).’ To create infrastructure for improving the entire food supply chain, three schemes— ‘Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities’, ‘New Agro-Processing Clusters’ and ‘Backward and Forward Linkages’ are on anvil. The Centre has so far sanctioned 42 mega food parks and 234 cold chain projects with 139 lakh tonnes of preserving and processing capacity of agro-produce worth Rs. 35,000 crore. These projects, being set up at a total investment of Rs. 15,000 crore, will also generate employment for 3.5 lakh persons and benefit 15 lakh farmers.