Impact of PMKSY on farmers' income

Food Processing Industries

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO- 1530 ANSWERED ON- 23.09.2020 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN FOOD PROCESSING 1530. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES be pleased to state: (a) the research and development (R&D) projects in food processing currently being funded by the Government; and (b) the progress report on R&D projects in food processing funded by Government? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES (SHRI RAMESWAR TELI) (a): This Ministry is currently implementing Research and Development Scheme which is a part of Human Resource & Institutions Scheme under the umbrella scheme of the Ministry i.e. Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY). The scheme is being implemented with an allocation of Rs. 50 crores to meet the committed liability of on-going projects and taking up of new projects for the period coterminous with the Fourteenth Finance Commission. Under the scheme, financial assistance as grant- in-aid is given to various Universities, IITs, Central/ State Government Institutions, Government funded organizations, R&D laboratories and CSIR recognized R&D units in private sector to promote and undertake demand driven R&D work in food processing sector for product & process development, design and development of equipment, improved storage, shelf-life, packaging etc. R&D projects of Government organizations/ Institutions are eligible for 100% grant-inaid for the cost of equipment, consumables and expenditure related to Research Fellows, etc. while private Organizations/ Institutions/ Universities are eligible for 50% grant-in-aid for the equipment cost in general areas and 70% grantin-aid in difficult areas. (b): Under the scheme Ministry has approved 57 Research and Development projects since 2017-18 with approved grant-in-aid of Rs. 21.20 crores.