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Seven agro-processing clusters receive Govt nod

New Delhi, Oct 29: The Centre on Friday approved seven agro-processing cluster projects under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) with a total cost of Rs 216.489 Cr including grants-in-aid of Rs 52.767 Cr.

The project will come up in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, leveraging the private investment of Rs 163.722 Cr and are expected to generate employment to 12,400 persons and benefit 28,000 farmers, said a government statement.

The proposals received the nod of the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) chaired by Food Processing Industries Minister  Pashupati Kumar Paras. Minister of State for Ministry of Food Processing Industries Prahlad Singh Patel, senior officials of the Ministry and promoters of projects were present at the meeting.

The Agro-Processing Cluster (APC) scheme was approved in May 2017 to incentivize the setting up of agro-processing clusters in the country. It aims at developing modern infrastructure to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on a cluster approach. These clusters will help in reducing the wastage of the surplus produce and add value to the horticultural and agricultural produce, resulting in higher income for farmers and employment at the local level.

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