Sun. Sep 24th, 2023

Once once more, Punjab’s farmers and agri-entrepreneurs have demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit by enthusiastically embracing the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) Scheme, aimed toward establishing numerous post-harvest administration initiatives and neighborhood farming property. Impressively, the state has acquired over 10, 000 purposes beneath this scheme up to now.

While sharing the newest determine, Horticulture Minister S. Chetan stated that as of September 18, Punjab has acquired a complete of 10, 509 purposes, of which 6, 042 purposes have already been sanctioned and 5, 166 purposes have been disbursed. He stated that Punjab has maintained its place because the second-highest state when it comes to purposes sanctioned beneath the scheme. Notably, three districts have every surpassed 1, 000 purposes, specifically Bathinda (1, 286), Fazilka (1, 158) and Patiala (1, 087).

The Horticulture Minister maintained that the AIF scheme offers 3% curiosity help for as much as 7 years on time period loans for eligible actions, with a most rate of interest set at 9%. Beneficiaries can avail this profit for quantities as much as Rs.2 crores and every beneficiary can set up as much as 25 initiatives at completely different places.

S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra knowledgeable that the eligible initiatives embody Storage Infrastructure (Warehouses, Silos, Cold Stores, Cold Rooms and many others.), Primary Processing Centers (Atta Chakki, Dal Mill, Oil Expeller, Rice Sheller, Spice Processing, Gur Making and many others.), Sorting and Grading models, Packhouses, Ripening Chambers, Farm Machinery (minimal of 4 models), Combine Harvesters, Boom Sprayers, Balers, Cotton Ginning, Honey Processing, Silk Processing, Nurseries, Seed Processing, Vermicompost, Compressed Biogas Plants and many others. He stated that sure initiatives resembling Mushroom Farming, Aeroponics, Hydroponics, Polyhouses, Greenhouses and many others., will also be established by farmer teams.

The Cabinet Minister stated that photo voltaic panels on eligible initiatives and photo voltaic pumps will also be arrange beneath this scheme. He stated that the Department of Horticulture, which serves because the nodal company for implementing the scheme in Punjab, has additionally arrange a WhatsApp helpline No. 9056092906 to help with inquiries associated to the scheme.

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