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Freight subsidy to promote agri products export
Wednesday, 07 February, 2024, 13 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has been implementing a Central Sector Scheme - “Operation Greens (OG)”– A scheme for development of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) value chain since 2018-19. The coverage of the scheme has since been expanded from 3 crops (Tomato, Onion & Potato) to 22 perishables crops which include 10 fruits, 11 vegetables (including TOP) and 1 marine i.e., shrimp as per the Union Budget 2021. The scheme has two pronged strategy of Price Stabilization Measures (short term measure) and Integrated Value Chain Development Projects (long term measure). Under the short term interventions of the scheme, MoFPI provides transportation (including air)/storage subsidy for eligible crop @ 50% of eligible cost. In case of export, subsidy towards transportation charges is payable only upto Indian borders.

MoFPI through implementation of the Central Sector Scheme, namely, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY), interalia, helps in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet across the country. The scheme not only provide a boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country but also helps in, interalia, reducing wastage of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level and enhancing the export of the processed foods.

MoFPI is also implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme- PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME) for providing technical, financial and business support for setting up/upgradation of 2 lakh Micro Food Processing Enterprises. Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme also launched by MoFPI for the period 2021-22 to 2026-27 to create global food champions and improving the visibility of Indian food brands abroad.

No State/UT-wise allocation and release of funds is made specifically for promotion of exports, under any of the above three schemes implemented by MoFPI.

This information was given by Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Shobha Karandlaje in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha recently.
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