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Proposal Sanctioned for 30 New Cold Chains
May 22, 2015

To save farm produce from getting wasted due to absence of storage infrastructure, the Government has sanctioned proposals for setting up 30 new cold chains in the country with a total investment of over Rs 744 crore. The ministry of food processing industries will provide Rs 274.9 crore as grant-in-aid for these projects while remaining Rs 470 crore would be generated as additional investment.

Key Facts

  • A total of 138 integrated cold chain projects were approved by the government, out of which 108 had been sanctioned earlier.

  • 56 cold chain projects have come up, while 52 remaining are in different stages of completion.

  • Once all these 138 cold chain projects become operational, it will add 4.76 lakh tonnes of storage capacity and 118 lakh litres per day of milk processing capacity.

  • It would attract an investment of another Rs 470 crore.

  • It will also result in addition of 209 reefer or refrigerated container vehicles.

  • These projects will help in a big way in reducing the wastage of food.

  • 16% of the farm produce gets lost in absence of storage facilities in India.

  • Food products worth over Rs 44,000 crore gets lost every year in the country due to inadequate storage infrastructure.

As per the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) report, there is deficit of 29 million tonnes of cold storage capacity in the country. As against the total requirement of 61 million tonnes of cold storage capacity, only 32 million tonnes have been set up so far.


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