Ministry of Food Processing Industries issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens. Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato(TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

The strategy will comprise of a series of measures as decided by the Ministry which includes:

(I)   Short-term Price Stabilisation Measures

  • NAFED will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:
  • Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage;
  • Hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops;

(II)     Long-Term Integrated value chain development projects

  • Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
  • Quality production
  • Post-harvest processing facilities
  • Agri-Logistics
  • Marketing / Consumption Points

Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.

The pattern of assistance will comprise of grants-in-aid at the rate of 50% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project. However, in the case where PIA is/are FPO(s), the grant-in-aid will be at the rate of 70% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project.

Eligible Organisation would include State Agriculture and other Marketing Federations, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), cooperatives, companies, Self-help groups, food processors, logistic operators, service providers, supply chain operators, retail and wholesale chains and central and state governments and their entities/organizations will be eligible to participate in the programme and to avail financial assistance.

The applicant fulfilling the eligibility criteria under the scheme is required to submit the online application on SAMPADA portal of the ministry (https://sampada.gov.in/) attaching therewith complete documents.

Background of Operation Greens

In the budget speech of 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Major objectives of “Operation Greens” are as under:

Enhancing value realisation of TOP farmers by targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.

Price stabilisation for producers and consumers by proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual-use varieties.

Reduction in post-harvest losses by the creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, the creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.

Increase in food processing capacities and value addition in the TOP value chain with firm linkages with production clusters.

Setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real-time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.

The significance of Operation Greens:

Operation Green (OG) wants to replicate the success story of Operation Flood, in fruits and vegetables, starting with three basic vegetables—tomatoes, onions and potatoes (TOP). The main objective of OG is to reduce price volatility in these commodities and thereby helping farmers augment incomes on a sustainable basis, as also provide these basic vegetables to consumers at affordable prices.

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Odisha to launch State Food Security Scheme on Gandhi Jayanti

The Odisha government will launch its own State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) from Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.

Over 18 lakh poor and eligible people left out under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) will receive their quota of 5 kg of rice at the rate of Rupee 1 per kg.

Official sources said as per the updated data till September 30, a total of 18.32 lakh people are listed in the scheme to avail the cheap rice from Tuesday while remaining 6.68 lakh will be added in the list by October 10.

The state had earlier decided to provide cheap rice to a total of 25 lakh beneficiaries of 6.70 lakh families.

The state government decided to launch its own food security scheme after the Centre did not respond to Odisha government’s request to add additional 25 lakh poor people under the NFSA, they said.

The state government maintained that the number of eligible families has increased during last five years.

A total of 3,26,41,800 beneficiaries were included in the NFSA as per the 2011 census. The government also claimed that the state’s population has been increased over eight years.

According to a review by Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister S N Patro, over 73 per cent of the target for SFSS has been achieved by September 30 and rest will be covered by the second week of October.

The state government on October 2, 2008 had launched the cheap rice scheme in Odisha where beneficiaries were given rice at the rate of Rs 2 per kg. Later in 2013, the price of cheap rice was reduced to Rupee 1 a kg for people living below poverty line.

And now an additional 25 lakh beneficiaries will be provided with cheap rice under the SFSS, an official said.

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Food Processing Ministry to collaborate with international labs for wider acceptability of NIFTEM approved products.

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said that the Ministry will collaborate with multiple international laboratories testing various food products so that the food products approved by laboratories at National Institute of Food Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) get worldwide acceptability. The Minister was speaking to the media at the inauguration ceremony of an Incubation centre and Food Testing Laboratory at NIFTEM in Sonipat, Haryana

About NIFTEM:

NIFTEM is the brainchild of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) Government of India.

It was created to cater to the needs of various stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, food processing industry, exporters, policy makers, government and existing institution.

It works actively for assisting in setting up food standards, businesses incubation and can also include knowledge sharing.

It would also be an apex institution in the field of food technology and management, networking and co-ordinating with other institutions in the same field in India and Abroad.

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