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Incentives for setting up of Cold Storage Facilities

New Delhi: December 14,2012

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is provides incentives through following schemes for setting up of cold and dry warehouses in the country:

 

1. National Horticulture Mission (NHM)

Under NHM scheme financial assistance is provided for taking up various activities related to horticulture such as development including setting up of cold storages for which credit linked back ended subsidy @ 40% (for general areas) and 55% (for hilly and tribal areas) of capital cost of the project up to 5000 MT capacity with maximum of Rs.6000/MT to all states except North Eastern and Himalayan States.

 

2. Horticulture Mission for North Eastern & Himalayan States (HMNEH)

Under HMNEH scheme financial assistance is provided for taking up various activities including setting up of cold storages for which credit linked back ended subsidy 55% of capital cost of the project up to 5000 MT capacity with maximum of Rs.6000/MT to North Eastern and Himalayan States.

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3. National Horticulture Board (NHB)

National Horticulture Board (NHB) provides back-ended capital investment subsidy to the eligible organizations for creation /modernization/expansion of cold storage/Controlled Atmosphere Storage @ 40% of the project cost in general areas and 55% in case of hilly and scheduled areas up to 5000 MT capacity with maximum of Rs.6000/MT. The scheme is demand driven and is being implemented across the country.

4. Rural Godown Scheme

 

Under Rural Godown Scheme, subsidy is available for construction of Rural Godowns @ 25% for all categories of farmers, Agriculture graduates, cooperatives. All other categories of individuals companies and corporations are being given subsidy @ 15% of the project cost. The subsidy is 33.33% in case of North Eastern (NE) States/hilly areas, SC/ST entrepreneurs & their cooperatives and women farmers. The scheme has been recently revised for making it more attractive by enhancing the maximum capacity to 30,000 MT with maximum ceiling on subsidy of Rs.3.00 crore for other than NE States and by enhancing the maximum capacity to 25,000 MT with maximum ceiling on subsidy of Rs.3.333 crores in respect of North Eastern/Hilly States.

 

5. Scheme for Development and strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization

 

Under Scheme for Development and strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization, subsidy @ 25% of the capital cost of the project with a ceiling of Rs. 50.00 lakh per project is available. In respect of North-Eastern States and Hilly and Tribal areas and entrepreneurs belonging to SC/ST and their cooperatives subsidy of 33.33% is provided with a ceiling of Rs.60.00 lakh per project.

 

This information was given by Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

 
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