Government of India had approved the umbrella Central sector scheme, SAMPADA- Scheme for Agro-marine processing and Development of Agro-processing Clusters with a total allocation of Rs.6000 crore on 03.05.2017 for implementation period 2016-2020 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle. The scheme has been subsequently renamed as ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY)’. PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana was envisaged as a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet. It will not only provide a big boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country but also help in providing better returns to farmers and is a big step towards doubling of farmers income, creating huge employment opportunities especially in the rural areas, reducing wastage of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level and enhancing the export of the processed foods.
The PMKSY had seven component schemes viz; (i) Mega Food Parks, (ii) Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, (iii) Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Clusters, (iv) Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages, (v) Creation/Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities, (vi) Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure and (vii) Human Resources and Institutions.
The Budget 2018-19 also announced launch of new a scheme ‘Operation Greens’ for the integrated development of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) crops value chain .The scheme has been launched as a new vertical of PMKSY . Government has further announced expansion of scope of “Operation Greens scheme” from Tomato, Onion & Potato (TOP) to 22 perishable products, in the budget speech for 2021-2022, so as to boost value addition in these perishables. Ministry has identified these 22 perishables, which include Mango, Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Carrot, Cauliflower, Beans etc.
Later PMKSY, with the approval of Department of Expenditure, was extended for another year i.e. 2020-21
Now Government of India (GOI) has approved the continuation of the Central Sector Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) with an allocation of Rs. 4600 crore till 31.03.2026 coterminous with the 15th Finance Commission cycle. The scheme will be implemented by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana ( click here for annexure ).
The following schemes will be implemented under PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana :
- Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure
- Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities (Unit Scheme)
- Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters
- Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure
- Human Resources and Institutions –Research & Development
- Operation Greens
The component schemes of Mega Food Park, Creation of Backward & Forward Linkages, Human Resource & Institution – Promotional Activities, Skill Development & HACCP, a component of Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure have been discontinued in the 15th FC cycle with the provision of committed liability.
PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana is expected to leverage investment of Rs. 11,095.93 crore, benefiting 28,49,945 farmers and generating 5,44,432 direct/indirect employment in the country by the year 2025-26.