Objective Of Integrated Cold Chain
The objective of the scheme is to provide integrated cold chain, preservation and value addition infrastructure facilities without any break, from the farm gate to the consumer in order to reduce post-harvest losses of horticulture and non-horticulture agri-produce. This will enable linking groups of producers to processors and market through a well-equipped supply chain and cold chain, thereby ensuring remunerative prices to farmers and year-round availability of food products to consumers – cold chain consultancy subsidy for cold chain
Integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure projects can be set up by Partnership/ Proprietorship Firms, Companies, Corporations, Cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), NGOs, Central/State PSUs, etc. with business interest in cold chain solutions and also by those who manage supply chain.
Eligible facilities for calculation of grant
Assistance under the scheme can be availed for creation of the following facilities:
(a) Integrated Pack-house (with mechanized sorting & grading line/ packing line/ waxing line/ staging cold rooms, etc.)
(b) Ripening Chamber(s)
(c) Cold Storage Unit(s) [Associated with value addition]
(d) Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage [Associated with value addition]
(e) Frozen Storage/Deep freezers [Associated with value addition]
(f) IQF line, Tunnel Freezer, Spiral Freezer, Blast Freezer, Plate Freezer
(g) Vacuum Freeze Drying
(h) Milk Chilling / Bulk Milk Cooling/ Automatic Milk Collection Unit/ Milk Processing Unit
(i) Poultry/Meat/Marine/Fishery Processing Unit (j) Packaging line for chilled /frozen/temperature controlled products (k) Food Irradiation unit (l) Refrigerated/ Insulated transport (m)Pre Cooling Unit(s) (j) Mobile pre-coolers
(k) Packing Line For chilled / Frozen /temperature-controlled products
(l)Retail refrigerated cart , temperature controlled solar powered retail carts
(m) Reefer Boats
(n)Refrigerated Container including multi modal container unit
(o) Renewable / alternate energy technologies for the project.
(p) Accessories / support Infrastructure /
Components of the Scheme
Farm Level Infrastructure – which may include processing center, situated in the catchment area of the targeted produce.
Distribution hub – This shall have a modern multi-product, multi-temperature cold storage.
Refrigerated – vans/ refrigerated trucks/ insulated vans/mobile insulated tankers
Pattern of assistance: –
The scheme will have two types of pattern of financial assistance
(a)For storage infrastructure including Pack House and Pre cooling unit, ripening chamber and transport infrastructure, grant-in-aid @ 35% for General Areas and @ 50% for North East States, Himalayan States, Islands & ITDP Areas, of the total cost of plant & machinery and technical civil works will be provided.
(b) For value addition and processing infrastructure including frozen storage/ deep freezers associated and integral to the processing, grant-in-aid @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, Islands & ITDP Areas, will be provided.
(c) For irradiation facilities grant-in-aid will be provided @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, Islands & ITDP Areas.
Pattern of release of grant:
The grant-in-aid will be released in three instalments of 25%, 40% and 35% as per following schedule
1 st instalment of 25% of the approved grant under the scheme will be released after ensuring that 25% of the promoter’s contribution & 25% of the term loan have been spent on the eligible project cost and after site inspection conducted to ascertain the commensurate physical progress of the project
2 nd instalment of 40% of the approved grant under the scheme will be released after ensuring the (i) utilization of first instalment of grant released, (ii) 65% of promoter’s contribution & 65% of term loan have been spent on the eligible project cost and (iii) after conduct of site inspection to ascertain commensurate physical progress of the project
3rd and final installment of remaining 35% of the approved grant under the scheme will be released after ensuring the (i) utilization of the second installment of grant released