The Centre has approved 27 cold chain projects in 11 States, which will benefit 2.57 lakh farmers, under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, according to a report from the Food Processing Industries Ministry
Seven cold chain facilities would be commissioned at Andhra Pradesh, two in Gujarat, four in Haryana, three in Karnataka, one each in Bihar, Kerala, Madha Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, two in Rajasthan and four in Tamil Nadu. These 27 new integrated cold chain projects will leverage a total investment of Rs.743 crore for the creation of modern, innovative infrastructure and effective cold chain facilities for the food processing sector across the country. These projects, with a grant-in-aid of Rs 208 crore, will help increase the efficiency and sustainability of India’s food supply chain.
Such a facility would not only help to augment farmer’s income but also provide a big boost to the growth of food processing infrastructure and help in streamlining the agricultural supply chain. It would generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in rural areas and provide better prices to farmers and end-users.
It would ensure safety and quality of perishable produce such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish marine, poultry and ready-to-eat food products. Besides, 85 cold chain projects have been considered for financial assistance throughout the country.
Under this scheme, the Ministry has been providing financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid at the rate of 35 per cent for general areas and at the rate of 50 per cent for North-Eastern States, Himalayan States, ITDP areas, and islands for storage and transport infrastructure.