Launch: 2008-09 (Initial roll-out of the scheme)
Stakeholders: Implementation of the Mega Food Park Scheme is being done through the special purpose vehicle (SPV) mechanism in which government agencies, financial institutions/banks, organised retailers, food processors, service providers, producers, farmer organisations are the equity holders. The Scheme is under the purview of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
The Mega Food Park Scheme provides for creating infrastructure for farm level primary processing centre-cum-cold chain in identified clusters, processing of intermediate products, collection centre-cum-cold chains, centralised infrastructure to take care of processing activities, which require cutting edge technologies and testing facilities, besides the basic infrastructure for water supply, power, environmental protection systems, communication etc.
The MFPS scheme envisages a one-time capital grant of 50% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a maximum of Rs 50 crore in general areas and 75% of the project cost (excluding land cost) subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 crore in difficult and hilly areas i.e. North East Region including Sikkim, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and ITDP notified areas of the states.
Each Central Processing Centre (CPC) requires around 50-100 acres of land, depending on region to region. On an average, each project is expected to house around 30-35 food processing units with an aggregate investment of Rs. 250 crore. The key objectives of the scheme are to reduce wastage of perishables; ensure maximum value addition, and help raise processing of food items from 6 to 20% and increase India’s share in food processing industry from 1.5 to 3%.
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As on July 2018, 12 mega food parks were functional:
Last updated: August, 2018