Background Facts :
- During 2015-16, the food Processing sector contributed 9.1% and 8.6 % per cent of GVA in Manufacturing and Agriculture sector respectively.
- food processing sector has grown at 7 per cent between 2014-2018.
- In order to arrest post-harvest losses of horticulture & non-horticulture produce, the Ministry has accorded approval to 42 Mega Food Parks and 236 Integrated Cold Chains.
Government has taken various other measures to boost food processing sector as follows:
- Government of India has allowed 100% FDI in trading including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured and / or produced in India.
- The govt. has also set up a Special Fund of 2000 crore in NABARD to make available affordable credit at concessional rate of interest to designated food parks and agro processing units in the designated food parks.
- Food and agro–based processing units and cold chain infrastructure have been brought under the ambit of Priority Sector Lending (PSL) to provide additional credit for food processing activities and infrastructure thereby, boosting food processing, reducing wastage, create employment and increasing farmers’ income.
SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme subsuming all ongoing schemes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) like :
- Mega Food Parks,
- Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure,
- Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure and
- Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters.
- Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages
- Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities
- Period of operation : 2016-20. – Coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.
- Outlay – Rs. 6,000 crore.
- To supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease Agri-Waste.
- The implementation of SAMPADA will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.
- It will not only provide a big boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country but also help in providing better prices to farmers and is a big step towards doubling of farmers’ income.
- It will create huge employment opportunities especially in the rural areas.
- It will also help in reducing wastage of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level, availability of safe and convenient processed foods at affordable price to consumers and enhancing the export of the processed foods.