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Scheme for Filling gaps in Supply Chain and Strengthening Cold Chain Infrastructure
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Date of posting: 01-03-13
      The Ministry of Food Processing Industries provides financial assistance for expansion of the cold chain infrastructure, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Dr. Charan Das Mahant, has informed in Parliament.

      The initiatives are aimed at filling the gaps in the supply chain, strengthening of cold chain infrastructure, establishing value addition with infrastructural facilities like sorting, grading, packaging and processing for horticulture including organic produce, marine, dairy, poultry, etc.

      Farmers in India are storing agricultural produce using different methods including modern storage systems. A study conducted by the National Spot Exchange Ltd. (NSEL) in December 2010 has analyzed production, consumption and shelf life pattern of major fruits and vegetables. The Study has estimated the cold storage requirements of 61.13 million tonnes in the country. The present capacity of cold storage has been worked out at 23.51 million MT only. The cold storage gap of about 38 million metric tonnes has been estimated on the basis of peak season production and highest arrival/harvesting of storable fruits and vegetables in a month.

      The financial assistance for the cold chain is in the form of grant-in-aid of 50% of the total cost of plant and machinery and technical civil works in general areas, and of 75% of the total cost of plant and machinery and technical civil works in difficult areas subject to a maximum of Rs.10.00 crore. The assistance is given under the Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure. T Other agencies of the Government like National Horticulture Board (NHB), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and State Government also provide assistance for cold storages under their respective schemes.

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