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JAMMU: Principal Secretary Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Cooperative Departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary, on Wednesday reviewed progress on implementation of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) and PM Formalization of Micro Food Enterprise (PM FMFE) Scheme here. The meeting was attended by Director Horticulture, Jammu, Ram Sevak; Director Agriculture, Jammu, Inder Jeet; Director Horticulture (M&P), Imam Din; Managing Director, HPMC, Shafat Sultan, Additional Secretary, Horticulture, Jahangir Hashmi and Jammu based Chief Agriculture and Horticulture Officers and Area Marketing officers.
Navin directed the officers to work for establishment of agro markets for organic agricultural produce in consultation with the district administration. He asked them to establish these at accessible places before the onset of new vegetable production season so that people can avail its benefits from these markets. Principal Secretary was informed that the PM Formalization of Micro Food Enterprise (PM FMFE) Scheme adopts One District One Product (ODOP) approach to reap the benefit of scale in terms of procurement of inputs, availing common services and marketing of products. It was added that this scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme that is designed to address the challenges faced by the micro enterprises and to tap the potential of individuals, groups and cooperatives in supporting the upgradation and formalization of these enterprises.
A target of 200 Units has been fixed to be registered / benefited from this scheme for 2020-21, the meeting was informed. The programme has four broad components like support to individual and groups of micro enterprises, branding and marketing support, support for strengthening of institutions, setting up robust project management framework, as was revealed in the meeting
It was given out that in Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) scheme an interest subvention of 3% could be availed up to a limit of Rs 2 crore for a period of 7 years for establishing post harvest management projects. It was also divulged that no collateral has to be given by the applicant besides the fee for credit coverage will be paid by the central government.