Guidelines on Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Food Processing Industry

Guidelines on Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Food Processing Industry


The objective of the scheme is to support the creation of global food manufacturing champions promote Indian brands of food products; increase employment opportunities for off-farm jobs, ensure remunerative prices of farm produce and higher income to farmers.

The tenure of the Scheme is six years from Financial Year 2021-22 to Financial Year 2026-27.


The scheme has three broad components.

The first component relates to incentivising manufacturing of four major food product segments viz. Ready to Cook/ Ready to Eat (RTC/ RTE) including millet-based foods, Processed Fruits & Vegetables, Marine Products & Mozzarella Cheese.

The Second component is for incentivising Innovative/ Organic products of SMEs across all the above four food product segments including Free Range – Eggs, Poultry Meat & Egg Products.

The third component relates to support for branding and marketing abroad to incentivise the emergence of strong Indian brands

Eligibility Criteria for different Categories of Applicants

Segments Minimum Sales of All Food Products in 201920 (Rs Crore) Minimum Investment (Rs Crore)Segments Minimum Sales of All Food Products in 2019
RTE/ RTC500100
Processed Fruits & Vegetables250  50
Mozzarella Cheese15010 MTPD Plant-Rs.23 cr
Udyog Aadhar/ Udyami Registered;Achieved Minimum Sales of Rs 1 crore during 2019-20 for each of the innovative/ organic products proposed to be incentivised; Applicant for Organic Product shall be registered with APEDA for the organic product proposed to be incentivised
Only Indian Brands are covered for selling food products completely manufactured in India;Branding & Marketing shall be undertaken either by the Applicant directly or through its subsidiary or any other Agency.

Rates of Incentives on Incremental Sales

YearRTC/ RTEProcessed F & VMarine Products *Mozzarella Cheese

Note : 10% Incentive Rate for Value Added Marine products, as specified at Appendix-B for all 6 years. **Base Year for calculation of Incremental Sales would be 2019-20 for the first 4 years. For 5th & 6th years, the Base year would shift to 2021-22 & 2022-23 respectively

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