New Delhi, 10 August 2021: Ministry of Food Processing Industries launched Operation Greens scheme in November, 2018 for integrated development of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) value chain with the objectives to enhance value realization of TOP farmers; reduction in post-harvest losses; price stabilization for producer and consumers and increase in food processing capacities and value addition etc.

The scheme provides for short term intervention by way of providing transportation and storage subsidy @ 50% and long term intervention through value addition projects in identified production clusters with Grant-in-aid @ 35% to 70% of eligible project cost subject to maximum of Rs. 50 crore per project.

Under the scheme, state-wise funds are not allocated as the scheme is demand driven and projects are approved as per scheme guidelines on the basis of applications received for setting up of projects in eligible production clusters. The details of the funds allocated and released under the scheme since inception is given in the table below.

(Rs. in Crore)

2018-19 0.00 200.00 5.50
2019-20 200.00 32.48 2.84
2020-21 127.50 38.22 38.21
2021-22 73.40 15.84 [till 05.08.2021]

The scheme aims to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs #), agri-logistics, processing facilities and value addition etc. in identified production clusters and accordingly 6 projects worth project cost of ₹363.30 Crore, with grant-in-aid of ₹136.82 Cr, targeting 31 FPOs in 6 production clusters are approved so far one each for tomato, onion and potato in Gujarat (3), two for onion in Maharashtra (2) and one for tomato in Andhra Pradesh.

As per budget Announcement 2021-22, expanded operation greens scheme covers 22 perishables including shrimp.

The crop-wise/state-wise specific funds are not earmarked under the scheme as the scheme is demand driven and projects are sanctioned in the identified production clusters on the basis of the applications received from investors against Expression of Interest (EOI) issued from time to time.

This information was given by Minister of State, M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.