Government subsidy is a Really much essential thing towards the fiscal advantages of the food business. In reality, the small-scale food processing industry tremendously depends upon the different government subsidy schemes and grants. Here in this Guide, how to find a list of Best Government Subsidy Schemes for Small Food Business in India

In India, both the Central and State Governments offer en Numbers of subsidy schemes to foster the rise of Small Food Businesses, especially MSME.

Actually, the food processing industry is turning agricultural products into value-added food products. Consequently, it is a highly promising business in our country. India holds the 6th place in the food and grocery market and 5th position in the retail market globally.

India is the biggest producer of milk, bananas, mangoes, guavas, papaya, ginger, and okra. Furthermore, it is the second-largest producer of wheat, rice, fruits, vegetables, tea, sugarcane and cashew nut. And the third biggest producer of cereals, carrot, coconut, chicory, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, and pepper globally. Therefore, our nation has ample resources for the food processing industry.

Investment in Food Processing Sector

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) for augmenting processing/preservation capacity, creating off-farm employment, leveraging domestic investment and increasing value addition to the economy.  Recently, the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme has been launched for creating global food champions through incentivizing investment in the food processing sector and creating employment.

The Pradhan Mantri-Formalisation of Micro Enterprises (PM-FME) scheme is also being implemented since 2020-21 which aims at upgrading/ formalising 2 lakh micro informal units and creation of 9 lakh employment. The government has permitted 100% foreign direct investment(FDI) under the automatic route.

The total FDI received in the food processing sector from April 2000 till September 2023 was $12.354 Bn which is 1.89% of the total FDI Equity inflow. The FDI equity inflow in the Food Processing Sector for FY 2023 was $0.896 Bn.

Food processing sector is a labour intensive sector. As per the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) 2018-19, food processing was ranked 1st in total persons engaged in manufacturing sector.

Here in this Guide, you will find a list of Best Government Subsidy for Small Food Business. Most of the schemes focus on the food processing industry in various sectors. Definitely, it will help you in getting the financial advantages to begin your own organization.

# Concessions for Setting-Up of FPIS & Mega Food Parks in Hilly Areas

Ministry of Food Processing industries (MoFPI) has been implementing Central Sector Umbrella Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) since 2016-17 for overall growth and development of food processing sector including setting up of Food Processing Industries.

Under the component schemes of PMKSY, special concessions are provided for setting up of such industries and Mega Food Parks in North Eastern States (including Sikkim) and difficult areas like Himalayan States/UTs, State notified Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) areas and Islands. These concessions include lower eligibility threshold during evaluation and higher rate of grants for selected projects.

The details of higher grants in such areas under relevant component schemes of PMKSY including Mega Food Parks are as under:

Component SchemePermissible Grant-in-Aid in General AreaNER/Himalayan States & UTs/ITDP areas etc
Mega Food ParksGrant-in-aid @ 50% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.50.00 crores per project]@75% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.50.00 crores per project]
Cold Chain and Value Addition
Grant-in-aid for storage infrastructure such as ripening chamber, pack houses, precooling units @35%; for value addition & processing infra including frozen storage @50%; for irradiation facilities @50% of eligible project cost. [Subject to maximum of Rs.10.00 crores per project]Grant-in-aid for storage infrastructure such as ripening chamber, pack houses, pre-cooling units @50%; for value addition & processing infra
including frozen storage @75%; for irradiation facilities @75% of eligible project cost. [Subject to maximum of Rs.10.00 crores per project]
Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation CapacitiesGrant-in-aid @35% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.5.00 crores per project]Grants-in-aid @50% of eligible project cost [Subject to max. of Rs. 5.00 crore per project]
Infrastructure of infrastructure for Agro-processing ClustersGrant-in-aid @35% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.10.00 crores per project]Grants-in-aid @50% of eligible project cost [Subject to max. of Rs.10.00 crore per project]
Creation of Backward and Forward LinkagesGrant-in-aid @35% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.5.00 crores per project]Grant-in-aid @50% of eligible project cost [Subject to maximum of Rs.5.00 crores per project]

# National Horticulture Board (NHB) – Government Subsidy

The National Horticulture Board (NHB) provides capital investment subsidy (subcommittee under MIDD) for construction/expansion/modernization of cold storage to obtain horticultural products. The strategy is for setting up cold storage (of power above 5000 MT and up to 10000 MT) and their modernization. Essentially, it is an open-ended credit connected scheme. For availing this strategy, you will have to submit an internet application for IPA from the prescribed application format. It is available on the website:

# National Horticulture Mission (NHM) – Government Subsidy

The National Horticulture Mission (NHM) offers financial assistance for your cold storage (long-term storage and distribution hubs) around 5000 MT capacity. This scheme comes under the open-ended plot of NHM/ HMNEH. In fact, it is a subscheme of MIDH. And you can avail the subsidy to charge linked projects @ 35% of the capital cost of this project in the general area and 50% in case of Hilly & Scheduled region.

# Small Farmer Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) Assistance

Cold storage for part of an integrated value chain undertaking. You can apply for a subsidy for a cold storage component that has more than 75% TFO (total financial cost). Aid level for subsidy for projects is 25% of capital expenditure and Rs.2.25 crore. And it’s 33.33percent and maximum ceiling up to Rs 4 crores in the event of NE, Hilly & Scheduled region.

# Agricultural And Processed Food Products Export

Under this scheme, you may establish a cold chain enterprise. Basically, it is a part of a way to develop the businesses relating to the scheduled products for export only. One can get a subsidy of 40%, up to a limit of Rs 75 lakh, for the cold chain unit with mechanical management systems.

# MoFPI Agro Processing Cluster Scheme

The scheme aims at development of modern infrastructure and common facilities to encourage group of entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach by linking groups of producers/ farmers to the processors and markets through well-equipped supply chain with modern infrastructure. The units are set up simultaneous along with creation of common infrastructure. Agro processing clusters set up by Project Execution Agency (PEA)/ Organisation such as Govt./ PSUs/ Joint Ventures/ NGOs/ Cooperatives/ SHGs/ FPOs/ Private Sector/ individuals etc. and are eligible for financial assistance subject to terms and conditions under the scheme guidelines.

Agro processing cluster may be sanctioned in the same district where CPC of Mega Food Park (MFP) is located. The promoter(s), who have been sanctioned Mega Food Parks, will be eligible under the scheme only after completion of the MFP. For more details, Please click.

# Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme For Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)

Actually, up-gradation of the process and the corresponding Plant and machines helps SMEs to reduce the production cost.

The sole proprietorship, partnership companies, cooperative, private and public limited companies can apply this strategy. Basically, it aims at facilitating technology up-gradation by supplying the upfront capital subsidy of 15%. To claim subsidy under CLCSS, eligible MSEs are required to apply online through Primary Lending Institutions (PLIs), from where the MSEs avail term loan. You may visit the link for more details.

# Government Subsidy for Small Food Companies in India

Horticulture Mission provides monetary aid for the Food processing units for horticulture products. The strategy is just for implemented for overall development of Horticulture in NE and Himalayan states. The mission covers Small Food Companies in India in all NE States including Sikkim and three Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (HMNEH). It’s a credit-linked back-ended capital investment aid of 50% of project expenditure (ceiling quantity of project cost is Rs 8 crores ).

The mission addresses entire spectrum of horticulture from production to consumption through backward and forward linkages. Go to MIDH site for more details.

# Venture Capital By Small Farmer Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC)

Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) provides venture capital support, such as equity for agribusiness projects. Venture Capital Assistance is financial support in the form of an interest free loan provided by SFAC to qualifying projects to meet shortfall in the capital requirement for implementation of the project.

Quantum SFAC endorsement of 26 per cent of the promoter’s equity or volume of Rs 50 lakh, whichever is less in the overall sector. And it’s 40 per cent of this promoter equity or volume of Rs 50 lakhs whichever is lower in Hilly and NE regions. You’ll have to repay this enterprise capital to SFAC following the repayment of the term loan.

Go to SAFC website for Venture Capital Assistance Scheme.

# Venture Capital By Sidbi Venture Capital Ltd. (SVLC)

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is a major Indian public financial institution involved in providing VC funds for MSMEs. It’s available in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal. SMEs can apply for financial assistance under the scheme. The investment size is approx 5 to 40 Crore. However the MSME Udyog Aadhaar registration is must for implementing this scheme.

The details of the active funds being managed by SVCL are given on its website.

# Technology Upgradation And Quality Certification – Government Subsidy

Ministry of Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) supplies the Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED (Zero Defect and Zero Effect) Certification Scheme. Basically, the plot supports the Make in India initiative. The plan will help SMEs significantly reduce waste, increase productivity, expand their market from IOP, become vendors for CPSUs, create more IPRs, create new products and processes, and more. All the small food companies in India in the production task and using Udyog Adhar Memorandum may apply.

# Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) – Government Subsidy

The objective of this scheme is to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs.

Under this Scheme, you can get the training and assessment fees from the Authorities. However, you will find help according to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Aside from providing training, TCs will even impart training in Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy.

# Setting Up/Up-Gradation of Quality Control/Food Testing Laboratories

Generally, food testing guarantees it complies with National standards as well as international standards for exports. Additionally, there is a need for testing of imported food products to guarantee they have the requisite standard and food solutions.

Under the scheme, Central/State Government associations Government universities (including deemed universities) and all other implementing agencies/private sector organizations/universities (including deemed universities) are entitled to get financial aid for setting up of food testing laboratories.

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We hope this wide list of Government subsidy schemes will Assist all the Small Food Companies in India in receiving financial assistance.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is compiled from various sources and the government schemes may change during the course of time. Therefore, readers are advised to check each scheme individually at their own part. In no event shall the Computuype Media be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages. The picture is for representational purposes only. Pic courtesy: UNIDO