Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Narendra Singh Tomar in the attendance of RameswarTeli, MoS, FPI, digitally launched the capacity building part of the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PM-FME Scheme) and introduced the GIS One District One Product (ODOP) digital map of India.
Talking on the occasion, Tomar stated- “Our PM Narendra Modi’s decision is to make India self-sufficient. The step forward is in local – local manufacturing, local market, and local supply chain. Under the PM-FME scheme, capacity building is a vital component. The scheme foresees providing training to food processing entrepreneurs, several groups such as SHGs / FPOs / Co-operatives, workers, and other stakeholders related to the implementation of the scheme.”
He congratulated the officials of the ministry and all those engaged in the planning and operating of the triumphant execution of the scheme and marked the day as the beginning of a new startup to motivate the micro-entrepreneurs.
Teli, in his keynote address, declared- “The training of Master Trainers targets to be advantageous to about 8 lakh beneficiaries from micro-enterprises including members of Farmer Producer Organisations, Self-Help Groups, Cooperatives, Tribal communities, and others. The digital ODOP map gives detailed information regarding ODOP products to all the stakeholders.”
Under the capacity building part of the PM-FME scheme, training of the Master Trainers would be done via online mode, classroom lecture and demonstration, and self-paced online learning material. NIFTEM and IIFPT are playing a pivotal role by offering training and research support to chosen enterprises/groups/clusters in collaboration with State Level Technical Institutions.
The Master Trainers will guide the District Level Trainers, who will then train the beneficiaries. The present training is relied upon Fruits and Vegetable processing and EDP. To accomplish this, subject experts from several national level prestigious institutions are holding different sessions. The evaluation and certification of the training programme under the capacity building will be done by FICSI. The capacity building component was released recently.
Under the PM-FME scheme, states have recognized the food products in districts, keeping in mind the availability of clusters and raw materials. The GIS ODOP digital map of India offers details about ODOP products of all the states and assists the stakeholders. The digital map also has a mark for tribal, SC, ST, and ambitious districts. It will allow the stakeholders to make combined attempts for its value chain growth and evolution.