Cold Chain Scheme
The objective of the Scheme of Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure is to provide integrated cold chain and preservation infrastructure facilities, without any break, from the farm gate to the consumer. It covers creation of infrastructure facility along the entire supply chain viz. pre-cooling, weighing, sorting, grading, waxing facilities at farm level, multi product/ multi temperature cold storage, CA storage, packing facility, IQF, blast freezing in the distribution hub and reefer vans, mobile cooling units for facilitating distribution of horticulture, organic produce, marine, dairy, meat and poultry etc. The scheme allows flexibility in project planning with special emphasis on creation of cold chain infrastructure at farm level.
The integrated cold chain project is set up by Partnership / Proprietorship Firms, Companies, Corporations, Cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), NGOs, Central / State PSUs, etc. subject to fulfilment of eligibility conditions of scheme guidelines.
The project aims to promote the founding of a mighty cold chain facility for agricultural, horticultural, dairy, fish & marine, poultry & meat products by setting linkage from farm gate to the consumer, end to end, to reduce losses through efficient storage, transportation and minimal processing. The diverse components of the Cold Chain projects are as under:
- Minimum Processing market at the farm level and centres are to have the facility for weighing, sorting, grading waxing, packing,pre-cooling, Control Atmosphere (CA)/ Modified Atmosphere (MA) cold storage, normal storage and Individual Quick Freezing(IQF).
- Mbile pre-cooling vans and reefer trucks. Distribution hubs with multi products and multi Control Atmosphere (CA)/ Modified Atmosphere(MA) chambers/ cold storage/ Variable Humidity Chambers, Packing facility, Cleaning in Process (CIP) Fog treatment, Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) and blast freezing.
- Irradiation facility.
Eligibility Criteria For The Cold Chain Subsidy Scheme:
- Initially, the candidate must have a stable economic framework.
- You must have an Exclusive value more than 1.5 times of the privilege applied for.
- The term loan of at least 10% of the project cost.
- Project Assessment Report from Bank/Financial Institution. The Assessment must contain all the project parts for which grant is sought.
- Date of a commercial composition should not be prior to the date of submission of application.
- Finally, no second proposition from the same applicant/company.
Eligible Projects Under the Cold Chain Subsidy Scheme:
- First of all, minimal manufacturing station at the nursery level.
- Besides, it includes tools such as weighing, sorting, assorting waxing, filling, pre-cooling, Managed Atmosphere (CA) / Revised Atmosphere (MA) frozen storage, normal storage, and IQF.
- Mobile pre-cooling vans and reefer trucks.
- Division hubs with multi-product and multi-CA /MA chambers, cold storage /Variable Humidity Chambers, Packing facility, CIP Fog treatment, IQF,
- Evolving chamber and blast freezing.
Pattern of Assistance:
Financial aid (grant-in-aid) following the project is limited to a maximum of Rs 10 crore per project in association to industrial civil works and eligible plant & machinery subject to the following:
I.) For warehouse infrastructure including Pack House and Pre-cooling unit, ripening chamber and transport infrastructure, grant-in-aid @ 35% for General Areas and @ 50% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands, of the total cost of plant & machinery and technical civil works will be provided.
II.) For benefit addition and processing infrastructure including frozen storage/ deep freezers associated and integral to the processing, grant-in-aid @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands, will be provided.
III.) For irradiation facilities grant-in-aid will be provided @ 50% for General Areas and @ 75% for North East States, Himalayan States, ITDP Areas & Islands.
Release of Grant:
The grant-in-aid under the scheme is released in three instalments of 25%, 40% and 35% as per the following schedule:
1st installment of 25% of the total grant under the scheme is released after ensuring that 25% of the promoter’s contribution and 25% of the term loan has been spent on the project;
2nd installment of another 40% of the total grant is released after ensuring that utilization of first installment of grant, 65% of promoter’s contribution & 65% of term loan;
3rd and final installment of remaining 35% of the grant assistance is released after ensuring utilization of the second installment and 100% of promoter’s contribution and 100% of term loan.