Processing of Tomatoes
NEW DELHI: For promotion of processing of agricultural produce including tomato, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries had been implementing the Scheme of Technology Up gradation/Establishment/Modernization of Food Processing Industries since 8th Plan. Under this scheme, financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid is provided to the eligible entrepreneurs for the purpose of setting up of food processing industries and up gradation of the existing food processing capacities including processing of tomatoes. During 12th Plan, this Scheme was subsumed in the Centrally Sponsored Scheme – National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) w.e.f. 01.04.2012, which was implemented through State/UT Governments. States and UT Governments were given flexibility in receiving the applications and sanctioning grant to the food processing industries based on areas specific needs and availability of the raw materials. However, National Mission on Food Processing has been de-linked from the Central Government support w.e.f. 01.04.2015 in view of the increased allocation to the states resulting from the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.