In pursuit of furthering the financial and technical support extended to micro food processing enterprises, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has signed a Joint Communique with Ministry of Tribal Affairs and MoUs with 5 institutions for PM Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises i.e PM FME scheme.

Ministry of Food Processing Industries has signed a joint communique with Ministry of Tribal Affairs and 5 MoUs with TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India ), ICAR( Indian Council of Agricultural Research), NSFDC (National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation), NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. ) and NCDC (National Cooperative Development Corporation) defining convergence mechanism in implementation of PM FME scheme.

In relation to the same, authority signed a deal with Union Banking services as Nodal bank in the occupation.

Another meeting chaired by Ministry Head, Narendra singh Tomar signed directions for 15 states and UTs to have ODOP – one district one plan.

During the signing of MoUs, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Rameswar Teli, MoS, MoFPI were also present.

Tomar said that these MoUs would help in providing employment and improving quality of life through schemes of the Government like in priority areas. He added that the foremost priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is – SabkaSaath, SabkaVikaas. Small businesses cannot progress without the help of government therefore it is important that they get the support of government.

He added that MoFPI has made efforts to work in synergy with various departments for the benefit of common man. PM FME scheme has total outlay of Rs 10,000 crores. He expressed hope that all organisations would function in a better way through these MoUs and people will get trained and would come forward for food production. Tomar added that awareness about Vocal for Local is rising.

Gehlot said that inthis scheme, Rs. 800 crores will be available for scheduled caste people who will benefit hugely and would move forward in the direction of becoming Atmanirbhar. Munda said that it is a great opportunity to make the country strong in view of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Teli said that these 5 MoUs will open new avenues and would lead to greater coordination and team work..

The joint communique would enable easier identification of Tribal enterprises and groups in food processing sector including minor forest produce. MoU with TRIFED would help in branding of food products made by tribals under ‘TRIFOOD’. MoU with ICAR would help in sharing food processing technolofy, packaging and machinery developed in various organisations.

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