On 3rd May 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) which was chaired by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the re-structuring the schemes of Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under Central Sector Scheme SAMPADA.
SAMPADA full form is ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters’. SAMPADA’s aim is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease agri-waste. SAMPADA scheme is approved for the period 2016- 2020.
Important things about SAMPADA scheme
- SAMPADA, with an allocation of Rs 6000 crore, is expected to leverage investment of Rs 31400 crore and will handle 334 lakh MT agro-produce valuing of Rs 104125 crore.
- This scheme will benefit 20 lakh farmers and will generate 530500 direct and indirect employment in the country by the year 2019-20.
- SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme incorporating ongoing schemes of the Ministry like Mega Food Parks, Food Safety, Quality Assurance Infrastructure,Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters and Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages.
- This scheme will boost the development of modern infrastructure to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach. It will give effective and seamless backward and forward integration for processed food industry.
- SAMPADA scheme will result in modern infrastructure creation with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.
- It will help in reducing wastage of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level, availability of safe and convenient processed foods at affordable price to consumers.
- It will increase the export of the processed foods.