Aim of National Policy
- Inclusive growth in partnership with the States with the overarching goal of providing remunerative return to farmers.
- The model Policy focuses on development of clusters based on production strength of different regions to enable a targeted and coordinated approach for developing the food processing industry and bringing down wastages.
- As a step in this direction, the Ministry has proposed to undertake mapping of areas of fruits &vegetables and other perishable production in different States with the target to set up agro processing clusters.
- The revamped mission will be called SAMPADA — or the Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters.
- It will complete the on-going Mega Food Parks and take up more cold chain projects.
- The mission will also involve launch of three new schemes – Creation/Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities, New Agro-Processing Clusters and Backward and Forward Linkages.
- The ‘SAMPADA’ mission will have an outlay of Rs 6,000 crore, and it will integrate current and new schemes.
- It will be implemented by 2019-20 fiscal.
Challenges and Steps taken for post Harvest losses
- Post-harvest losses which currently are Rs.92,000 crores annually,
- The facilities set up by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries like 42 Mega Food Parks and 234 Cold Chain Projects gets a new boost from SAMAPDA
- Created for preserving and processing capacity of 139 lakh Metric Tonnes of Agro Produce with a value of Rs.35,000 crores
- Apart from reducing wastage, the projects will generate employment for 3.5 lakh persons and benefit 15 lakh farmers, it said.
Source : The Hindu
GS-III : Food processing and related industries in India