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Entrepreneurship Development Programme being Implemented for Reducing Wastage of Agricultural Produce

New Delhi: December 18,2012

Ministry of Food Processing Industries under the component of Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) of Human Resource Development Scheme emphasizes the processing of agro product into value added products with a view to reduce the wastage of agricultural produce and increase in the income of farmers. It requires to train the farmers and prospective entrepreneurs / unemployed youth in an intensive manner so as to sensitise them to the idea of value addition, food processing and encourage them to establish food processing industries.

All the organizations for whom the EDPs were sanctioned, have conducted a total 729 EDPs across the country during the last three years and current year (till November, 2012). Ministry has provided during 11th Plan as well as committed cases of 11th Plan during 2012-13, the financial assistance @ Rs. 2.00 lakhs as grant-in-aid for conducting one EDP. As per the guidelines of the HRD scheme, each EDP is organised for 25-35 participants.

With the launch of National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP), a centrally sponsored scheme during 12th plan (2012-13), the HRD scheme and its all components have been subsumed in the mission during 2012-13, which is implemented by States including receiving of applications and sanction as well as release of funds, supervision and monitoring of the scheme.

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

 

 
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