Centre announces new Integrated Cold Chain projects
27 projects approved under Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana
In the recently concluded Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) held between August 21 and 31, 2020, 27 projects under the Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value addition infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) had got approved across 11 states.
The 27 new integrated cold chain projects would help 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.
With a grant-in-aid of 208 crores, these project will help increase efficiency and sustainability in India’s food supply chain.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries who chaired the meeting said that new integrated cold chain projects were likely to generate direct and indirect employment for 16,200 and would likely benefit 2,57,904 farmers.
The projects were approved across the states of Andhra Pradesh (7), Bihar(1), Gujarat(2), Haryana(4), Karnataka(3), Kerala(1), MP(1), Punjab(1), Rajasthan(2), Tamil Nadu(4) and Uttar Pradesh(1).
In addition, 85 Cold Chain Projects were considered for financial assistance throughout the country.
Under the Central Sector Scheme of Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, the Ministry provides financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid at the rate of 35 percent for general areas and the rate of 50 percent for North-Eastern States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas, and Islands for storage and transport infrastructure.