Harsimrat Kaur Badal Current Affairs - 2020

PM FME Scheme launched, To Generate 9 Lakh Employment

As a part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Prime Minister Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme was launched on 29th June 2020. The scheme was launched by Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Union Food Processing Industries Minister). Earlier on 20th May 2020, the scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet.

The scheme will generate 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled employment. Rs 35000 crore of the total investment will be generated under the scheme.  8 lakh micro food processing units across the country will be benefited under the scheme.

Objective of the Scheme

The objective of the scheme is to support local unorganized food processing units in the country. Support in the form of finances, strengthening capabilities of support systems, increase in revenue targets, in tribal districts focusing on minor produce, etc. Through the scheme, the aim will be for transition of unorganized food processing units into the formal sector.

Funding for the Scheme

The total expenditure of the scheme will be Rs 10,000 crore. The scheme will be implemented over the next five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25.

Central and State Governments will share the expenditure in the ratio of 60:40. With the Himalayan and North Eastern States, the share will be in the ratio 90 percent by Central Government, 10 percent by the States. In Union Territories, the scheme will be 100 percent funded by the Central Government.

First Mega Food Park of Central India inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Steel Silo based Avantee Mega Food Park in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. This is the first food park of central India.

About Avantee Mega Food Park

It is spread over 51 acres and has been constructed at a cost of about Rs.150 crore. About 5 thousand local people are expected to get employment from this Mega Food Park.  Processing of gram, wheat, soyabean and other grains and vegetables will be done in park. Warehouses will also be opened in Agar, Indore, Dhar, Ujjain and in next phases.

Benefit: Excess production compels farmers to sell their produces at low rates. Since the mega food park is now present in the region, farmers will be able to earn more through value addition by storing their produces after getting facility of food processing and storage.

What is Mega Food Park?

It is a scheme of Union Ministry of Food Processing which aims to establish direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets through a network of collection centres and primary processing centres.