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Operation Greens Scheme

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has launched a scheme focused on the integrated development of short-term and long-term interventions for the Fruit & Vegetable (F&V) value chain. The scheme aims to develop infrastructure from the farming level to the collection center, including value addition and marketing, to enhance the efficiency and profitability of the F&V sector.

Components of the Scheme

  1. Integrated Value Chain Development Projects:

    • Formation of New FPOs/Training/Workshop
    • Post Harvest Processing Facilities
    • Cold/Frozen/Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Storage, Integrated Packhouse
    • Secondary Processing (e.g., Individual Quick Freezing (IQF), Blast Freezing)
    • Quality Test Equipment
    • Agri Logistics
    • Refrigerated Vehicles
    • Marketing Infrastructure
    • Retail Outlets for Perishable Products
  2. Standalone Post Harvest Infrastructure Projects (only in identified clusters):

    • Farm Level Infrastructure:

      • Cold Storage/Dry Storage
      • Integrated Packhouse including value addition
      • Mechanized Sorting, Grading/Packing/Waxing Line (mandatory)
      • Retail Chain Outlets for Perishables
      • Quality Test Equipment
      • Refrigerated Vehicles
    • Post Harvest Processing Infrastructure:

      • Value Addition (mandatory)
      • Retail Chain Outlets for Perishables
      • Quality Test Equipment
      • Refrigerated Vehicles

Financial Assistance

  • Grant-in-aid:
    • General Areas: 35% of the project cost.
    • Difficult Areas (North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas, SC/ST Candidates, FPOs, SHGs): 50% of the project cost.
  • Maximum Grant:
    • Integrated Value Chain Development Projects: ₹15 Crores.
    • Standalone Post Harvest Infrastructure Projects: ₹10 Crores.
  • Additional Subsidies:
    • 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus production to deficient markets.
    • 50% subsidy on storage, including cold storage.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Integrated Value Chain Development Projects:
    • Must include components like FPO formation, post-harvest processing, and marketing infrastructure.
    • Open to individual entrepreneurs, companies, cooperatives, FPOs, SHGs, and government agencies.
  2. Standalone Post Harvest Infrastructure Projects:
    • Only applicable in identified clusters.
    • Must include mandatory components like mechanized sorting and value addition.

Application Process

  1. Submission of Proposal:
    • Detailed project report outlining the components, cost estimates, and expected outcomes.
    • Documentation of eligibility, including area classification and organizational status (e.g., FPO, SHG).
  2. Approval Process:
    • Proposals reviewed by an expert committee for technical and financial feasibility.
    • Sanctioning of grants based on merit, compliance with guidelines, and availability of funds.

Detailed Cost Breakdown

Grant calculated based on eligible & Basic cost of the Project.

  1. Integrated Value Chain Development Projects:

    • Example Calculation:
      • Project Cost: ₹30 Crores.
      • General Area Grant: ₹10.5 Crores (35% of ₹30 Crores).
      • Difficult Area Grant: ₹15 Crores (50% of ₹30 Crores).
      • Note: Maximum grant is capped at ₹15 Crores.
  2. Standalone Post Harvest Infrastructure Projects:

    • Example Calculation:
      • Project Cost: ₹20 Crores.
      • General Area Grant: ₹7 Crores (35% of ₹20 Crores).
      • Difficult Area Grant: ₹10 Crores (50% of ₹20 Crores).
      • Note: Maximum grant is capped at ₹10 Crores.
  3. Additional Subsidies:

    • Transportation Subsidy:
      • Example: Transport Cost: ₹2 Crores.
      • Subsidy: ₹1 Crore (50% of ₹2 Crores).
    • Storage Subsidy:
      • Example: Storage Cost: ₹1 Crore.
      • Subsidy: ₹50 Lakhs (50% of ₹1 Crore).

Implementation Plan

  1. Project Initiation:

    • Preliminary assessment and proposal submission.
    • Approval and sanction of grants.
  2. Infrastructure Development:

    • Establishment of post-harvest processing facilities, storage, and logistics.
    • Execution of farm-level infrastructure improvements.
  3. Operational Phase:

    • Commencement of post-harvest processing and quality testing.
    • Transportation and marketing of processed F&V products.
  4. Monitoring & Evaluation:

    • Regular review of project progress.
    • Ensuring adherence to the grant utilization guidelines.
    • Periodic auditing and inspection by MoFPI.

Conclusion

The MoFPI scheme for the integrated development of the F&V value chain aims to strengthen the infrastructure from farm to market, promote value addition, and support market access for farmers. By providing financial assistance for both integrated and standalone projects, the scheme ensures a comprehensive approach to enhancing the efficiency and profitability of the F&V sector.

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