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Govt launches scheme to curb wastage of fruits, vegetables

PTI  New Delhi, July 22, 2014
First Published: 23:28 IST(22/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:04 IST(23/7/2014)

The union government has launched a scheme for technology upgradation and establishment and modernisation of food processing industries across the country to minimise the wastage of perishable fruits and vegetables.

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Food processing industries minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the National Mission of Food Processing would be implemented during the 12th Plan period to set up primary processing centres and collection centres, besides technology upgradation, establishment and modernisation of such industries.

“These schemes of the mission are to be implemented by the state governments and they have full powers to receive sanction and release funds to the eligible applicants,” she said in the Lok Sabha.

Harsimrat said the ministry had entered into an agreement in 2012 with France for promoting cooperation in the field of food processing and allied sectors.

She stated that under technology upgradation scheme, grant-in-aid had been sanctioned by the ministry to 3,438 units in the 11th Plan and 2,509 in the 12th Plan for setting up and modernisation of food processing industries.

Replying to a supplementary, Harsimrat said the government had decided to review the policy to set up mega food parks as of the 40 such parks sanctioned, only 22 were in the processing stage while the proposals of 14 applicants had been rejected.

Harsimrat added that for the first time, the country had produced more fruits and vegetables than cereals last year.

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