The Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the scheme for agro-marine processing and development of agro-processing clusters (SAMPADA).
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the SAMPADA scheme is going to be an overarching umbrella scheme. It is a step in the direction to build National Food Grid in the country –where there will be a seamless transfer of food from production to consumption without wastage, she said in an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan.
“In a nation that has the second largest population in the world, one of the biggest national services you can do is to eliminate wastage and ensure food is available for all,” said Badal.
She said the viability gap funding of Rs 6,000 cr has the potential of creating infrastructure worth Rs 31,000 cr. It will give farmers the infrastructure to preserve storage and distribute it and all this will be done using technology to make optimum use of the infrastructure.