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Government to launch Rs 6000-crore 'SAMPADA' scheme for food processing
An umbrella programme 'SAMPADA' will be launch for food processing sector with Rs 6,000 crore outlay to integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers income. The Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said would soon approach the Cabinet for the approval of 'Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA).
- An umbrella scheme SAMPADA for the overall development of the food processing sector. It will include ongoing mega food parks and cold chain projects schemes as well as three new schemes that we will launch.
- Three schemes are: - Preservation Capacities', 'New Agro-Processing Clusters' and Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and 'Backward and Forward Linkages' are on anvil will improving the infrastructure for the entire food supply chain.
- These projects, being set up with a total investment of about Rs 15,000 crore, will also generate employment for 3.5 lakh persons and benefit 15 lakh farmers.
- The Centre has so far sanctioned 42 mega food parks and 234 cold chain projects with 139 lakh tonnes serving and processing capacity of agro-produce worth Rs 35,000 crore.