with an outlay of ₹ 6,000 crore for the period 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance
      Commission cycle. It is a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern
      infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet. It will not
      only provide a big boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country but also help in
      providing better prices to farmers and is considered a big step towards doubling of farmers
      income, creating huge employment opportunities especially in the rural areas, reducing wastage
      of agricultural produce, increasing the processing level and enhancing the export of the
      processed foods.
      National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and
      Management
           The Ministry established the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and
      Management at Kundli, in Haryana in May, 2012. NIFTEM has been declared a Deemed
      University under de novo category. It is running B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D courses and
      undertakes R&D projects in the area of food technology. Under the Scheme, funds are to be
      provided to the Institute for creation of academic and administrative infrastructure like foreign
      students’ hostel, sports facilities, hazardous chemical storage, effluent treatment plant, solid
      waste management system, residential units, etc. Funds will also be provided to promote research
      activities, expand Village Adoption Programme (VAP) and skill development in the food
      processing sector. An allocation of ₹ 100 crore has been made to it.
      Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology
           The Ministry upgraded Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur,
      Tamil Nadu to a national level institute in 2008. IIFPT is running B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D
      courses and undertaking R&D projects in the area of food processing. Under the scheme funds
      are to be provided to the Institute for creation of infrastructure facilities including purchase of
      additional land (22.7 acres) for expanding campus and creation of academic and administrative
      infrastructure like machine fabrication and testing centre, sport complex, auditorium, opening
      training cum incubation centres and residential units, etc. To enable the Institute to expand its
      activities, the North East States will include Sikkim and difficult areas will include and
      programmes to meet the ever expanding need of food processing sector in the country, an
      allocation of ₹ 75 crore has been made to it.