Employment Generation in Food Processing Industry

July 22: As per evaluation studies carried out for relevant component schemes of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY), substantial direct/indirect employment opportunities have been created in projects supported through its relevant component schemes. The evaluation study of the Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure Scheme under PMKSY, conducted by M/s NABARD Consultancy Limited in the Year 2020, has estimated that each project has resulted in the creation of about 600 direct/ indirect employment opportunities. It is estimated that about 9.69 Lakh direct/ indirect employment opportunities have been generated through projects completed under component schemes of PMKSY. As the Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Food Processing Industry (PLISFPI) and Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PMFME) are relatively new schemes, no such evaluation study has been conducted for these.

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is implementing a centrally sponsored PM Formalisation of Micro food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme for providing financial, technical and business support for setting up / upgradation of 2 lakh micro food processing enterprises in the country through credit linked subsidy during five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 cr. The scheme aims to enhance the competitiveness of individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry and promote the formalization of the sector. Under the Capacity Building component of the PMFME Scheme, MoFPI provides Grants for the training of Trainers, District Resource Persons, Entrepreneurs and various other groups. Grants up to 50% for branding and marketing support to groups of Micro Food Processing Enterprises are available under the related component of the PMFME Scheme.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

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