MoFPI issues notice rechristening SAMPADA scheme as Kissan SAMPADA Yojana
Our Bureau, New Delhi: The ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), has issued a notice renaming the Scheme for Agro Marine Processing and Development of Agro Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) as Kissan SAMPADA Yojana.
The ministry will soon launch the revamped National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP), formerly called SAMPADA and now called Kissan SAMPADA Yojana, which would help it to achieve its aim of completing and integrating the ongoing mega food park and cold chain projects.
A special fund of Rs 6,000 crore has been assigned for the scheme for a period of four years (2016-2020) coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle, along with schemes that include mega parks, integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure, creation and expansion of food processing and preservation capacities, infrastructure for agro processing clusters, creation of backward and forward linkages, food safety and quality assurance infrastructure and human resources and institutions.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently, on the completion of three years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre, prime minister Narendra Modi officially announced the SAMPADA scheme in Assam, while stating that to address the immense opportunities in agro-processed and value-added products, the Rs 6,000 crore scheme was launched. The scheme would focus on public private partnership and attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in the food processing sector.