The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is presently assisting 135 integrated cold chain projects under its central sector Scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure. Of this, 97 have achieved completion and commenced commercial operation.
Further, Government has approved taking up 100 new Integrated Cold Chain Projects in 2016-17 for financial assistance. Accordingly, revised operational guidelines for scheme for Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure for taking up 100 new cold chain projects in 2016-17 have been issued on 29.08.2016. Based on the revised operational guidelines an Expression of Interest was issued on 31.08.2016 inviting applications/proposals from prospective entrepreneurs for taking up 100 new integrated cold chain projects. Total 308 integrated cold chain proposals from all over the country have been received against the Expression of Interest.
Operationalization of 135 cold chain projects envisages creation ofa cold chain capacity of 5.01 lakh MT of Cold Storage/Controlled Atmosphere/Deep Freezer, 116.40 MT/Hr of Individual Quick Freeze, 52.65 lakh LitrePer Day of Milk Processing/Storage and 766 nos. of Reefer Vehicles. Out of this, Ministry has so far created a capacity of 3.70 lakh metric tonnes of cold storage, 95.04 metric tonnes per hour of Individual Quick Freezing, 37.96 lakh litres per day of Milk processing/ storage and 552 reefer vans.A study was undertaken by National Centre for Cold Chain Development,Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in 2015 on All India Cold-Chain Infrastructure Capacity (Assessment of Status & Gap) to assess the requirement for cold chain infrastructure in the country. The study has made the following gap analysis of cold chain infrastructure:
Type of Infrastructure
Infrastructure created (B)
All India Gap
Cold Storage (Bulk)
Cold Storage (Hub)
Thus, there is a gap of 3.28 Million Metric Ton of cold storage requirement. The study was primarily based on requirement of fruits & vegetables and has excluded the requirement for milk, meat, marine and processed products.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries SadhviNiranjanJyoti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.