Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana
SAMPADA aka Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Cluster has been launched on Aug 2017 with allocation of Rs. 6000 Cr in the first phase. This scheme will expect to generate more than 5 Lac employments in agricultural sector. Along with it the scheme will aim at lowering down the food wastage and modernise the agricultural sector in a wider way.
Launch and Details of Sampada Scheme
The draft of the scheme SAMPADA was presented before the cabinet ministry during the month of April in the current year. The cabinet ministry gave it a nod during early days of the month May 2017. After that scheme has been launched on August 2017.
It has been said that with implementation of the scheme the state of the agricultural sector and farmers will be enhanced. There will be employment opportunities, benefits and also food processing chains that will be helpful for the farmers to process food products from farm gates to the retail market.
Aim of the Sampada Scheme
- The main objective of the scheme is to provide employment opportunities in the farms. Nearly 20 Lac farmers are likely to be benefitted from the SAMPADA Scheme.
- Apart from employment generation the scheme will lower down or wash off the food wastage or agricultural waste. Alongside the scheme will provide chains of food processing units that will be helpful to process food from farm to retail shops.
- Along with cold chains the scheme will provide modern infrastructure, Agro-processing cluster, food processing and preservation capacity expansion and creation, forward and backward linkage creation and much more in the agricultural sector.
Key Features of Sampada Scheme
- The SAMPADA scheme is launched for the farmers in the nation. The ministry of agricultural development along with ministry of food processing and cold chains have initiated this scheme to reduce the agro-waste and so on.
- The total budget allocated for the scheme is Rs. 6000 Cr. This amount is set for the first phase of the scheme. Under this budget the central government is hopeful to create more employment opportunities.
- There will be three categories under which the scheme will be implemented. The categories are agricultural hubs, infrastructural facilities and food clusters. Rs. 10 Cr will be allotted to each category every year with 35% of subsidy from the central government.
- Areas like Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern areas are still in question as the government is planning to grant them 50% subsidy along with annual 10 Cr.
- There will be three parts in the scheme such as first, second and third. The first part is associated with minimising the food wastage and loss incurred by the farmers.
- In the second part there will be 42 mega food parks will be established to organise, manage and distribute the grains across the nation. The third part will come with establishment of cold chain plans. Nearly 234 cold chains are likely to establish by 2020.
Employment Facility for the farmers
The scheme SAMPADA is designed to enhance the status and infrastructure of the agricultural sector. With the investment of Rs. 15, 000 Cr the scheme will likely to generate 3.5 Lac job opportunities for the farmers across the nation. On the other 20 Lac farmers are likely to be benefitted from the scheme. There will be provision under the scheme with which the farmers can enhance their productivity for better jobs under the scheme.
The scheme will start with Rs. 6000 Cr investment and likely to invest more Rs. 31,400 Cr. In return central government is expecting Rs. 1, 04, 125 Cr by implementing the SAMPADA scheme.