Food Processing Industry: Issues and Developments

[pib] Operation Greens Scheme

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Operation Greens Scheme

Mains level : Not Much

The Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has provided useful information regarding the Op Greens Scheme.

Operation Greens Scheme

  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries launched the Operation Greens scheme in November, 2018.
  • The scheme aims for integrated development of the Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) value chain.
  • It aims to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and value addition etc. in identified production clusters.
  • Under the scheme, state-wise funds are not allocated as the scheme is demand-driven and projects are approved as per scheme guidelines on the basis of applications received for setting up of projects in eligible production clusters.

Objectives:

  • To enhance value realization of TOP farmers
  • Reduction in post-harvest losses
  • Price stabilization for producers and consumers and
  • Increase in food processing capacities and value addition etc.

Key provisions

  • Short term intervention by way of providing transportation and storage subsidy @ 50% and
  • long term intervention through value addition projects in identified production clusters with Grant-in-aid @ 35% to 70% of eligible project cost subject to maximum of Rs. 50 crore per project
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