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Integrated Post Harvest Management Projects by NHB

 

Introduction

The Integrated Post Harvest Management Projects scheme, initiated by the National Horticulture Board (NHB), aims to promote the establishment of post-harvest infrastructure such as pack houses, ripening chambers, refrigerated vans, retail outlets, pre-cooling units, and primary processing units. By providing credit-linked back-ended subsidy assistance, the scheme aims to enhance the post-harvest management of eligible horticulture crops, thereby ensuring improved quality and marketability.

Objectives

  1. Enhance Post-Harvest Infrastructure: Facilitate the establishment of modern post-harvest facilities to minimize losses and maintain the quality of horticulture produce.
  2. Promote Value Addition: Encourage primary processing activities to add value to horticulture crops and increase market competitiveness.
  3. Support for Eligible Crops: Provide financial assistance for post-harvest management projects related to fruits, vegetables, flowers, aromatic plants, and cashew.

Components of the Scheme

  1. Eligible Post-Harvest Management Projects:
    • Establishment of pack houses, ripening chambers, refrigerated vans, retail outlets, pre-cooling units, and primary processing units.

Eligible Crops

  • Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Aromatic Plants, and Cashew: Projects related to primary processing activities are eligible for subsidy assistance.

Pattern of Assistance

  • Credit-Linked Back-Ended Subsidy:
    • General Area:
      • @35% of the total project cost, limited to ₹50.75 lakh per project.
    • North East Region, Hilly States, and Scheduled Areas:
      • @50% of the project cost, limited to ₹72.50 lakh per project.

Implementation Plan

  1. Project Proposal Submission:

    • Interested parties submit detailed project proposals to NHB, specifying the proposed post-harvest management activities and eligible crops.
  2. Project Evaluation and Approval:

    • NHB evaluates proposals based on feasibility, impact, and compliance with scheme guidelines.
    • Approved projects receive credit-linked back-ended subsidy assistance as per the scheme criteria.
  3. Infrastructure Setup:

    • Procurement and installation of post-harvest management infrastructure, including pack houses, ripening chambers, refrigerated vans, and retail outlets.
    • Implementation of primary processing units for eligible crops to add value and enhance market competitiveness.
  4. Operational Phase:

    • Commencement of post-harvest management activities, including sorting, grading, packaging, and processing of horticulture produce.
    • Utilization of established infrastructure for storage, transportation, and market distribution.
  5. Monitoring & Evaluation:

    • Regular monitoring of project progress and subsidy utilization.
    • Evaluation of outcomes in terms of improved post-harvest management practices, value addition, and market penetration for horticulture crops.

Conclusion

The Integrated Post Harvest Management Projects scheme by NHB aims to enhance the post-harvest infrastructure for horticulture crops through credit-linked back-ended subsidy assistance. By supporting the establishment of modern facilities and primary processing units, the scheme contributes to minimizing losses, adding value, and improving market competitiveness for eligible horticulture crops

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