The recent government initiative SAMPADA is a comprehensive package of old and new schemes to boost the food processing sector in India. Discuss the various schemes brought under the umbrella of SAMPADA.

The recent government initiative SAMPADA is a comprehensive package of old and new schemes to boost the food processing sector in India. Discuss the various schemes brought under the umbrella of SAMPADA.

  • Introduce SAMPADA scheme briefly.
  • One by one discuss the seven schemes present within the umbrella of the SAMPADA.
  • Conclude Appropriately.
Model Answer :

PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana aims to create of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain from farm to retail outlet. It will provide a big boost to the growth of food processing sector and also help in creating employment opportunities, reducing wastage of agricultural produce etc.

It is an umbrella scheme and the following schemes would fall under it:

  1. Mega food parks:
  • It aims to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers.
  • The Mega Food Park Scheme is based on cluster approach and would consist of supply chain infrastructure including collection centers, primary processing centers, central processing centers, cold chain etc.
  1. Cold chain, value addition and preservation infrastructure:
  • The scheme aims to provide integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure facilities, without any break, from the farm to the consumer.
  • It covers pre-cooling facilities at production sites, mobile cooling units along with value addition centers for horticulture, organic produce, dairy, meat etc.
  1. Creation/ expansion of food processing/ preservation capacities:
  • The scheme aims to create processing and preservation capacities and modernization of existing food processing units.
  • This will increase the level of processing, value addition leading to reduction of wastage.
  1. Infrastructure for agro-processing clusters:
  • It aims to create well-equipped supply chain consisting of modern infrastructure.
  • Each cluster will have two components i.e. Basic Enabling Infrastructure (roads, water supply etc.), Core Infrastructure (ware houses, cold storages, etc.)
  1. Creation of backward and forward linkages:
  • The aims to provide effective and seamless backward and forward integration for processed food industry.
  • It will plug the gaps in supply chain in terms of availability of raw material and linkages with the market.
  1. Food safety & quality assurance infrastructure:
  • It will look into various aspect of Total Quality Management such as quality control, quality system and quality assurance.
  • It also ensures that quality food products manufactured and sold in the market meet the stringent parameters prescribed by the food safety regulator.
  1. Human resources and institutions:
  • It aims to provide financial assistance for R&D work in product and process development, efficient technologies, improved packaging etc.
  • It will also provide for standardization of various factors viz. additives, coloring agents, preservatives etc. within permissible limits.

Successful implementation of SAMPADA scheme would bring down post-harvest losses, provide quality food to consumers at cheaper price, help in doubling of farmers’ income and contribute towards food security of India.

Subjects : Economy

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