The Central government will soon give its nod for smaller food parks and also announce the setting up of 100 cold chain projects, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries, said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference on her Ministry’s achievements in the last two years, Badal said that the government will also announce a ‘Sampada’ scheme focussing on agri-cluster development. All the three decisions will be made in the current fiscal year, she added. Moving toward ‘zero wastage’, the Food Processing Ministry said in two years it has created infrastructure capacity worth Rs. 9,000 crore to process 32 lakh tonnes of perishable fruits and vegetables and reduce wastage by 10 per cent a year. According to an estimate, food worth Rs. 92,000 crore is wasted in India, and perishables account for 16 per cent of this.