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NEWS IMPULSE – MEGA FOOD PARKS | 16 SEPTEMBER

<p style=”margin-bottom: 13px; text-align: center;”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><b><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”>SOURCE &ndash; PIB</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p>

<p style=”margin-bottom: 13px; text-align: center;”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><b><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”>GS PAPER -3</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p>

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<h2 style=”margin-top:13px”><span style=”font-size:18pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-weight:bold”><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”>CONTEXT &ndash; </span></span><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″><span style=”font-weight:normal”>37 Mega Food Parks in 23 States/UTs approved. Each fully operational Mega Food Park to provide employment to about 5000 persons</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2>

<p style=”margin-bottom:13px”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><b><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”>ABOUT THE SCHEME</span></span></span></b><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”> &ndash;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

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<li style=”margin-left:8px”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme (MFPS) to create modern infrastructure for the food processing industries since 2008.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-left:8px”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>This scheme is now a component of the new Central Sector Umbrella Scheme&ndash; Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:13px; margin-left:8px”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>&nbsp;The Mega Food Park Scheme (MFPS) aims at providing modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:7px; margin-left:8px; text-align:justify”><span style=”font-size:12pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>The primary objective of the MFPS is to provide modern infrastructure facilities for the food processing along the value chain from the farm to the market. It will include creation of processing infrastructure near the farm, transportation, logistics and centralized processing centres.</span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:7px; margin-left:8px; text-align:justify”><span style=”font-size:12pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>The scheme functions with a cluster based approach based on a hub and spokes model by establishing Mega Food Parks.</span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:7px; margin-left:8px; text-align:justify”><span style=”font-size:12pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>&nbsp;It includes creation of infrastructure for primary processing and storage near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs) and common facilities and enabling infrastructure like roads, electricity, water, Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) facilities etc. at Central Processing Centre (CPC). </span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:7px; margin-left:8px; text-align:justify”><span style=”font-size:12pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>These PPCs and CCs act as aggregation and storage points to feed raw material to the processing units located in the CPC. The scheme will be demand-driven, and will facilitate food processing units to meet environmental and safety standards.</span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-bottom:7px; margin-left:8px; text-align:justify”><span style=”font-size:12pt”><span style=”background:white”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”><span style=”color:#333333″>The requirement of land for establishing the CPC is minimum 50 acres either by purchase or on lease of at least 75 years for the Central Processing Centre of the Mega Food Park.</span></span></span></span></span></li>
<li style=”margin-left:8px”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”><span style=”font-size:12.0pt”><span style=”line-height:115%”><span style=”font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;”>FUNDING – <span style=”background:white”><span style=”color:black”>scheme&nbsp;</span></span><span style=”background:white”><span style=”color:#333333″>provides for a capital grant at the rate of 50 percent of the project cost (excluding land cost) in general areas and at the rate of 75 percent of the project cost (excluding land cost) in difficult and hilly areas i.e. North East Region including Sikkim, J&amp;K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and ITDP notified areas of the States subject to a maximum of Rs.50 crores per project</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li>
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