Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme was launched under the Atma Nirbhar Abhiyan to boost the existing micro-enterprises in the nation’s food processing industry’s unorganized segment. It also looks to promote and provide support to the various Self-Help Groups (SHG), Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO), and Producers Cooperatives of the country.

Overview:

  • PMFME is a scheme that is centrally financed and has an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crores.
  • The expenditure generated under this scheme would be shared in the ratios of 60:40 between Central and State Governments: 90:10 for Himalayan and North Eastern States; 60:40 with UTs with legislature and 100 percent by the Centre for all other UTs.

About One District One Product (ODOP)

This framework has been provided for the development of the value chain and the alignment of infrastructure for support. In one district there can be more than one ODOP product cluster. The food products for every district will be identified by the states keeping in mind all the existing clusters and raw material availability. The ODOP could be produce or cereal-based food item that is widely produced in an area such as potato, mango, millet-based products, pickle, poultry, fisheries, etc.

Other areas of focus under PMFME

The PMFME scheme also focuses on minor forest products, waste-to-wealth products, and aspirational districts. It also ensures research and capacity building. Research institutions are also set up to support product development, training of units, machinery for micro-units, and appropriate packaging.

Financial support under this scheme

A credit-linked subsidy at 35 percent of the project cost can be availed by all the individual micro food processing units that want to upgrade their unit. The maximum ceiling is Rs.10 lakh per unit. Through credit-linked grants, support is being provided for the development of infrastructures like labs, common processing facilities, warehouses, etc. through various SHGs, FPOs, state-owned agencies, or private enterprises. Rs. 40,000- per SHG member as seed capital is also being provided for the purchase of small tools and was working capital.

Recent launches of ODOP products

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries recently launched six one district one product (ODOP) brands under the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme. Earlier the ministry had signed an agreement with NAFED. NAFED is National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited. Under the agreement, ten brands of ODOP are to be selected.

Recently launched products

Amrit Phal, Kashmiri Mantra, Cori Gold, Madhu mantra, whole wheat cookies of Dilli bakes, and Somdana.

Amrit Phal: It is amla juice. It was developed for Gurugram of Haryana. It has lemon juice added and is a natural elixir. The cost of 500 ml of Amrit Phal is Rs 120.

Cori Gold: It is coriander powder. It was developed for Kota of Rajasthan. The product is unique and special for its flavour. 100 grams of cori gold costs 34 rupees.

Kashmiri Mantra: It is a product prepared from Kashmiri red chillies. It has added spices. It was developed for the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.  100 grams of Kashmiri mantra costs 75 rupees.

Madhu Mantra: It is a type of honey. It was developed for Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. It is a multi – flora honey. That is, madhu mantra honey is collected from free – range bees. The cost of 500 grams of madhu mantra is 185 rupees.

Whole wheat cookies: It is developed by Dilli Bakes, a bakery. It is unique as it is made of jaggery and not sugar. 380 grams of whole wheat cookies cost 175 rupees.

Brand Somdana: It is ragi flour. It was developed for thane district of Maharashtra. It is gluten free. The Somdana is rich in calcium, fibre and iron. The cost of 500 grams of Somdana is 60 rupees.

About the Products

The products come in unique packaging. They ensure longer shelf life. The brands are supported with separate investments to push their sale through e – commerce platforms.

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