Recently, the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has attended the Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) meeting to consider the proposals received under the Scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster (APC) of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).

Key Points

  • IMAC approved 7 proposals with a total project cost of Rs. 234.68 crore including grants-in-aid of Rs. 60.87 crore in Meghalaya, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • These projects will leverage private investment of Rs. 173.81 crore and are expected to generate employment for 7750 persons.
  • Scheme for Creation of Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Cluster:
    • It was approved in May 2017 under the PMKSY, to incentivise the setting up of APCs in the country.
    • Aims: To develop modern infrastructure and common facilities to encourage a group of entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach by linking groups of producers/farmers to the processors and markets.
      • These clusters will help in reducing the wastage of the surplus produce and add value to the horticultural/agricultural produce which will result in an increase of income of the farmers and create employment at the local level.
    • Under the scheme, each APC has two basic components:
      • Basic Enabling Infrastructure like roads, water supply, power supply, drainage, etc.
      • Core Infrastructure/Common Facilities like warehouses, cold storages, tetra pack, sorting, grading, etc.
    • Requirements for Setup:
      • At least 5 food processing units with a minimum investment of Rs. 25 crore and at least 10 acres of land is required for at least 50 years.

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