The Agro Processing Cluster Scheme launched by Ministry of Food Processing Industries aims at development of modern infrastructure and common facilities to encourage groups of entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach by linking groups of producers/ farmers to the processors and markets through a well-equipped supply chain with modern infrastructure. The units are set up simultaneously along with creation of common infrastructure. Agro processing clusters set up by Project Execution Agency (PEA)/ Organisation such as Govt./ PSUs/ Joint Ventures/ NGOs/ Cooperatives/ SHGs/ FPOs/ Private Sector/ individuals etc. and are eligible for financial assistance subject to terms and conditions under the scheme guidelines.
Overview of Agro Processing Cluster Scheme
|Name||Agro Processing Cluster Scheme|
|Launch year||May 2017|
|Launched by||Government of India|
|Nodal Ministry||Ministry of Food Processing Industries|
|Sector||Central sector scheme|
|Aim||to incentivise the setting up of APCs in the country.|
Objective and Benefits of Agro Processing Cluster Scheme
•To develop modern infrastructure and common facilities to encourage a group of entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach by linking groups of producers/farmers to the processors and markets.