The Union Ministry of Food Processing is going to launch Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) for food processing sector. The scheme will integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers’ income by 2022. It will help to create infrastructure for linkage of entire supply chain.
- SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme that will include ongoing schemes like mega food parks and cold chain projects and new schemes.
- It has an outlay of Rs. 6000 crore and will be implemented by 2019-20.
- The ministry will also launch three new schemes to create infrastructure for improving the entire food supply chain.
- These three schemes are ‘Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities’, ‘New Agro-Processing Clusters‘ and ‘Backward and Forward Linkages’.
Moreover, government is taking steps to boost food processing sector to bring down post-harvest losses preferably to zero level, provide quality food to consumers at cheaper price and double of farmers’ income.