Topic of the Day: Kisan SAMPADA Yojana

Topic of the Day: Kisan SAMPADA Yojana

Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is a central sector scheme. The scheme was later renamed as Kisan SAMPADA yojana.

Features of the scheme

  • It has an outlay of 6000 crores.
  • The scheme will be implemented by the year 2019-20.
  • The scheme aims at integrating existing and new schemes targeted at reducing food wastage, provide quality food to consumers at reasonable prices and at the same time doubling farmer’s income.
  • SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme with its period coterminous with the cycle of 14th finance commission. It has schemes such as

 

SCHEME

STATUS

Mega food parks

Ongoing

Integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure

Ongoing

Creation/ Expansion of Food processing and preservation capacities

New

Infrastructure for agro processing clusters

New

Creation of backward and forward linkages

New

Food safety and quality assurance infrastructure

Ongoing

Human resources and institutions

Ongoing

 

  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries has approved establishment of 42 Mega Food Parks, 236 Integrated Cold Chains with a view to create modern infrastructure for the food processing along the value chain from the farm to the market.
  • Steps are being taken to boost the food processing sector in order to fulfill the objectives of bringing down post harvest wastages and losses preferably to zero level.
  • The scheme intends to identify agro clusters and grant them subsidies so that the transfer of food products from the producing centres to the market becomes seamless.
  • SAMPADA aims at entire linkage and plugging gaps in supply chain, modernization/ expansion of existing food processing units, creation of processing and preservation capacities etc. It is an all-inclusive package to give a renewed thrust to the food processing sector in India.
  • The scheme will benefit the farmers by increasing their income, generate employment opportunities, stimulate the export of processed food and reduce food wastage.

 

The government has also taken other measures such as allowing 100% FDI in trading including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured in India to give a boost to the food processing sector.