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Government approves Rs 162 crore under Operation Green Scheme

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On February 26,2020 The government approved Rs 162 crore under Operations Green(OG) Scheme which was announced in 2018-19 budget with an outlay of 500 crore to stable the supply of TOP crops( Tomato, Onion & Potato) & to confirm their availability throughout the year without price volatility.The scheme works under Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI).The aim of the scheme is to enhance TOP Crops value chain & promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.Key Points

  • Totally 5 projects have been sanctioned under OG scheme with a total cost of Rs 426(425.83) crore & the grant to be given is Rs 162(161.17) crore.
  • The sanctioned 5 projects are-Andhra Pradesh(AP)Food Processing Society(Chittor, Anantapur,AP), Nedspice Dehydration India (Bhavnagar, Gujarat), Hindustan Agro Co-op Ltd &, Khemanand Dudh & Krishi Producer Company Ltd (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra), Banaskantha District Coop Milk Producers Union LTd (Banaskantha, Gujarat).
  • The Sanctioned  projects will benefit more than 50,000 farmers & create 10,000 jobs, daily processing capacity of  over 3.64 Lakh tonne & storage of over 90,000 will also be created.

Strategies of OG Scheme
There are two strategies which are decided by MoFPI namely;

i.Short term Price Stabilisation Measures
The NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) is a nodal agency to implement price stabilisation measures.MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy to transportation of TOP Crops from production to storage & hiring  of appropriate storage facilities.The grants- in-aid will be given at the rate of 50% of the eligible project cost in all areas, & eligible to maximum Rs 50 crore per project.

ii.Long Term Integrated value chain development projects
For long term the government will assist in capacity building of Farmer Producer Organisation(FPOs), quality production, post-harvest processing facilities, agri-logistics, development of markets & creation & management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP crops.

About NAFED:
Headquarter– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Dr. Bijender Singh