National Mission on Food Processing

JAMMU: The 5th State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) meeting chaired by Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey on Tuesday approved allocation of Rs. 23.21 Crore funds for National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) for the year 2014-15.
The Chief Secretary directed J&K SIDCO, that is the Nodal agency to implement the scheme, to release the balance amount, out of the grants sanctioned in favour of the already approved projects at the earliest, subject to fulfilment of required formalities.
Financial Commissioner, Industries and Commerce, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Principal Secretary Planning, B. R. Sharma, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production, Asgar Samoon, and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
Managing Director SIDCO made a presentation on the status of implementation of the NMFP scheme in the State and details of proposals received during the current year for availing of grant in aid.
It also emphasized on creation of food testing lab infrastructure for quality assurance to ensure safety and quality of food products and asked the nodal agency to ensure the presence of an in-house quality assurance mechanism in all the food processing units.
The eligible sectors for financial assistance under the mission include fruits and vegetables, milk products, meat, poultry, cereal and other consumer products.