New Delhi, 23 July (H.S): The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, MoFPI has recently conducted third party evaluation of the Mega Food park scheme. The functioning of the approved Mega Food Parks has been covered in the said evaluation, informed union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
The evaluation study broadly covered the aspects of creation of food processing infrastructure including setting up of food processing units and its impact on value addition & processing, reduction in post-harvest losses, benefits to the farmers, employment generation, etc. through the MFP scheme.
Ministry regularly monitors the progress of implementation of Mega Food Park projects through periodical review meetings with promoters of projects at various levels including by the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee chaired by Minister.
Site visits of the projects are also conducted by Ministry officials. Further as per scheme guidelines, Programme management Agency (PMA) monitors and reports the progress of the project to Ministry. In addition to PMA, for smooth implementation of the project at ground level, Programme Management Consultant (PMC) empanelled by the Ministry, is engaged by the implementing agency.