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Subsidy will be provided to small food processing units, says Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said that her ministry is in talks with Indian Railways to introduce "Cold-chain bogies" on superfast trains which will help enable faster transportation of perishable goods.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
August 13, 2016 8:00:44 pm
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Niranjan jyoti, subsidy, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries,Assocham, Food, food quality for consumer, food for consumer, Protection of crops from distruction, Indian farners, India crops, India crop distruction, India crops, India farms, latest news, World news Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said her ministry’s proposal to set up 200 small food processing units has been cleared by the cabinet. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Stating that her ministry has received approval to help set up about 200 small units in the food processing sector, the Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said on Saturday that special subsidies will be given to smaller food processing units in the country.

“A significant portion of the farmer’s harvest gets damaged because there are very few food processing units. I have suggested that if small food processing units can be promoted, then farmers stand to benefit,” said the minister while speaking at an event on food processing organised by the industry body Assocham.

“If you set up a cold chain and add food processing service to it, then our ministry will provide a 50 per cent subsidy. If you set up only a cold chain and use it only for storage or use it to transport materials to food processing units, then we will provide 35 per cent subsidy. We will soon come out with detailed guidelines,” Jyoti added.

The minister said her ministry’s proposal to set up 200 small food processing units has been cleared by the cabinet. “Such units can be set up with an investment of Rs 15-20 crore and are not restricted by land requirement as in the case of mega food parks,” she said.

She also said that her ministry is in talks with Indian Railways to introduce “Cold-chain bogies” on superfast trains which will help enable faster transportation of perishable goods.

The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Purshottam Rupala who accompanied Jyoti at the event said, “Mera Bharat Mahan cannot happen if the farmers and villages are not empowered. Our Prime Minister knows this and he is working towards it.”

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