New Delhi: In a move aimed at accelerating the growth pace of food processing industry across the country, the Central government intends to set up 250 small agro-processing clusters at an estimated cost of over Rs 5,000 crore. Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, while talking to media persons here, said that once the required approvals are got, her ministry will invite expressions of interest from both public and private players. “We are looking to establish small agro-processing clusters near producing area of one specific fruit or vegetable.
So, if someone wants to establish small processing cluster, the government will provide subsidy of up to Rs 5 crore per cluster,” said. “The move will take food processing at doorstep of the farmers so that their income can be raised and at the same time wastages can also be reduced which will also help in checking the rise in prices,” she added. “The blue print has been prepared to establish 250 such small clusters and each cluster will require an investment of nearly Rs 20 crore,” she said.
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