GoI: 29 Projects approved to benefit Farmers

On November 9, 2020, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chaired Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee meeting. The committee approved 29 projects leveraging investment of Rs 443 crores.

Key Highlights

Under the Scheme of Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition, Rs 189 crores were allocated. Rs 15 crores was allocated to the BFL scheme. BFL is creation of Backward and Forward Linkages. BFL is a part of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana.

The projects are to generate 15,000 employment and will benefit more than 2 lakh farmers. These projects are to be implemented in ten states such as Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Kerala, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Nagaland.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana

It was launched in 2016 with a total outlay of Rs 6,000 crores. The scheme has seven components namely Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure, Human Resources and Institutions, Creation and Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation capacities, Infrastructure for agro-processing clusters and creation of Operation Greens as a vertical.

Operation Greens

It was launched in 2018 for integrated development of supply chain of Tomato, Onion and Potato crops. The scheme aims to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Potato and Onions. The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The nodal agency implementing the scheme is NAFED (National Agriculture cooperative marketing Federation of India).

Operation Greens aims to double farmers’ income by 2022. It is implemented through short term price stabilization measures and long term integrated value chain development projects.

NAFED

It was launched in 1958 and is the apex organization for marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India. NAFED along with Food Corporation of India procures pulses, oil seeds. The headquarters of NAFED is in New Delhi. The four regional offices of NAFED are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

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