SAMPADA Scheme Food Processing Yojana
The latest venture that the central government stepped into is the SAMPADA scheme. The full form of SAMPADA is Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters. With the implementation of the plan, the central government will be able to put a stopper on the alarming issue of food wastage and also introduce modernity in the food processing industry.
The scheme consists of three distinct parts. The first part is expected to deal with monitoring and minimizing the losses that the farmers incur after the harvest has been reaped. The second part of the scheme will tackle with the establishment of 42 Mega Food Parks for the management and distribution of the food grains all over the country. Last but not the least; the final part of the scheme is targeted towards the establishment of 234 cold chain plans. These will deal with the handling and processing of food that amounts to 130 lakh tones. The cost of this is estimated to be Rs. 35,000 crore.
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Launch Date and details of SAMPADA Scheme
The SAMPADA scheme was drafted under the watchful eyes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. Once the drafting was done, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs put their seal on the project. Though the draft has not been finalized yet, it is expected that the entire documentation process will be completed by 2019 – 2020. Then task of implementing the program will start on a pan-country basis.
Objectives of SAMPADA Scheme
Increasing the volume of agricultural produce, minimizing the wastage of food and implementation of the modern technologies in the sector of food processing are the three main objectives of the scheme
Key features of SAMPADA scheme
The following are the main features that have been highlighted in the preliminary draft of the scheme:
- With the help of the SAMPADA program, the central government will be able to properly code, catalogue and map the complete sector that falls under the food grain chain. The segregation will be done as per three categories. They are infrastructural facilities, agricultural hubs, and food clusters.
- Nothing will be able to function in the desired manner if proper monetary support is not provided to it. Thus, the central government has decided that all the categories will be given the status of infrastructural categories. The government will provide each category with a yearly monetary grant of 10 crores or they can also opt for the subsidy of 35%. The categories will be able to avail any of the two benefits, which amounts less.
- Not all areas will be equally equipped to handle the situation. For instance areas of Northeast and states like Jammu and Kashmir will require extra support for implementing the guidelines. The central government will decide whether to increase the percentage of subsidy to 50% or to provide the areas with more grant amount.
- The monetary support or grants, which the central government will provide will have come in handy for the establishment of the infrastructure of the productions related to Agro-marine. It will significantly increase the produce on one hand and put a stopper on the food grain and crop wastage.
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Employment facility for the farmer under SAMPADA Scheme
With the help of the scheme, the departments will be able to provide job opportunities to agricultural workers from all over the country. According to the reports, the program will include the investment of a whopping amount of Rs. 15,000 crore. The money will be utilized for the creation of 3.5 lakh employment opportunities. Apart from this, the scheme will also provide employment opportunities to around 15 lakh farm workers. They will get the support that they require to increase productivity.
Government idea and contribution behind SAMPADA scheme
- The central government has the main part to play in the scheme. Once the drafting is completed, the central government will produce the final copy in front of the Cabinet Ministers. Once the ministers approve of the project, the task of implementation will start.
- Under the umbrella of the scheme, the central government will start the task of establishing and maintaining 42 Mega Food Parks and also 234 cold chains. When these two sectors are up and running, they will be able to eliminate the wastage of 139 lakh tones of grains and crops.
- With the establishment of the above mentioned facilities, the central government will have to shell out around Rs. 35, 000 crore on a yearly basis. But these facilities are not enough as the nation will still be looking at a loss food grains that will amount to a whopping Rs. 92,000.
- As per the funding goes, the central government has estimated that the implementation of the entire plan will cost no less than Rs. 6,000 Crore. With a stock of Rs 31,400 Crore, 334 lakh tons of food grains and crops can be properly monitored. It will in turn produce a sum of Rs 1,04,125 Crore.
Apart from benefiting the farmers and leading to a drastic growth in the sectors, associated with the processing and the preservation of food, the central government will be successful in curtailing the wastage of grains and other forms of crops. The basic principle behind the designing of the plan has been around since thousands of years – Waste no! Want not!