Cold storage capacity to be increased by 5 lakh metric tons in state

Online proposals for cold storage construction costing 294.69 crore to be called

Cabinet decision

Bhopal, August 24, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):   Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today gave an administrative approval for a special scheme to increase the storage capacity of the perishable goods in the state. Proposals will be received online under special scheme worth Rs.294 crore 69 lakh for storing perishable items by the Horticulture and Food Processing department. Proposals will be sanctioned on first come and first serve basis. The scheme will be reviewed and expanded after 2 years. It has been decided to give 50 percent capital subsidy for the construction of cold storage in the meeting. Subsidy of Rs. 2 crore will be given for the construction of cold storage with a capacity of 5 thousand metric tonne. It may be mentioned that the cold storage capacity will be increased to 5 lakh metric tonne in the state during the next two years. It is to be highlighted that a large increase in the horticulture crops has been registered during last few years. Despite good produce, farmers are unable to sell their produce on reasonable prices. Keeping in mind the problem faced by the farmers, the establishment of cold storage of perishable items, Onion storage and cold rooms near farm areas will be encouraged. Onion storage capacity will be increased to 5 lakh metric tonne during the next 2 years. 15 onion producing districts will be identified and given priority. This special scheme has been given administrative approval in the cabinet meeting.

Under the scheme, a maximum of 1 lakh 75 thousand rupees will be given as 50 percent capital subsidy for establishing 50 metric tonne capacity onion storage. Similarly, a maximum of 87 thousand 500 subsidy will be given for 25 metric tonne capacity. In order to create series of cold storage for the perishable items, 500 cold room will be established in the identified clusters of vegetable route in 10 main vegetables producing districts in the farming areas on a pilot experiment. For this, a maximum of Rs. 25 thousand capital subsidy of 50 percent of the cold room cost will be given.