Govt to set up mini food parks

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The government will focus on setting up of mini food parks to raise the processing level

Why?

To buy agri items directly from farmers to boost their income.

To increase the food processing level to reduce wastage of farm produce.

Minister of State for Food Processing, said all 42 sanctioned mega food parks will be operational by 2019.

How will it be done?

This will be done under the new Rs 6,000 crore SAMPADA scheme approved by the government recently, she added.

The ministry provides subsidy of up to Rs 50 crore to set up a mega food park.

Highlights

  • Minister felt that farmers income will not be doubled unless their produce is procured directly.
  • The processing sector will also get their raw material at cheaper rates and better quality if they buy agri produce directly from farmers
  • To improve compliance of food safety law, Agarwal said the FSSAI is modernising food labs across the country and is also ensuring inspection is being done in objective and transparent manner.
  • Agarwal said further that the regulator plans to make it mandatory for every food business to have at least one food supervisor and informed that as many as 16 courses have been launched to provide training as well as certificates.
  • The FSSAI is also preparing a corporate management index to nudge the food businesses to engage with the government and work towards the overall objective of providing safe and wholesome food to people.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Image result for The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

It has been established under Food Safety and Standards , 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Highlights of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006

  • Various central Acts like Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954,Fruit Products Order , 1955, Meat Food Products Order,1973,
  • Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947,Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation)Order 1988, Solvent Extracted Oil, De- Oiled Meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967, Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992 etc will be repealed after commencement of FSS Act, 2006.

SAMPADA Scheme Related image

The objective of SAMPADA is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease agri-waste.

SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme incorporating ongoing schemes of the Ministry like Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure, etc. and also new schemes like Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters, Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages, Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities.

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