Need to set up Integrated Cold Chain Projects on war scale: Harsimrat Kaur Badal
There is a need to set up Integrated Cold Chain Projects on war scale in the country for all-round development of India and for fast-tracking transformation of the Indian economy, said Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Badal today held an Interaction with promoters of newly-allotted Integrated Cold Chain Projects in New Delhi.
Badal said formulation and implementation of a National Food Processing Policy is also under consideration of the Ministry.
The vision of the Policy is to position India as a World Food Factory by creating an enabling framework for the sustainable growth of the food processing industry. The Policy is based on the principle of inclusive growth in partnership with the States with the overarching goal of providing remunerative return to farmers.
The model Food Processing Policy focuses development of clusters based on production strength of different region 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 proposes to undertake mapping of areas of fruits &vegetables and other perishable production in different States with the target to set up agro processing clusters.
To achieve the vision of National Food Processing Policy, the Ministry will be shortly launching a revamped National Mission on Food Processing called SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) to complete theon-going Mega Food Parks, take up more cold chain and also to launch 3 new schemes – Creation/Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities, New Agro-Processing Clusters and Backward and Forward Linkages. (Watch Video)