The Ministry has been implementing the Scheme, ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)’, a comprehensive package for creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet. It not only provides boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country but also helps in providing better returns to farmers, creating employment opportunities, reducing wastage of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level and enhancing the export of the processed foods.

SAMPADA is a digital platform through which various projects sanctioned under different sub-schemes of PMKSY is monitored.

A total of 853 projects for setting up food processing units have been sanctioned so far by the Ministry under different sub-schemes of PMKSY with totalproject cost of Rs.21058.29 crore and approved grants-in-aid of Rs.6673.74 crore, out of which Rs.4444.25 crore has been released. These projects entail processing and preservation capacity of 216.81 lakh MT per annum and 70.014 lakh MT per annum respectively, benefiting 41,42,917 farmers and generating 10,61,361 employment.

This information was given by Minister of State for M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.