- The state government is providing incentives to food processing and Agri-based industries across the state to enhance the incomes of the farmers. The Food Processing sector is considered as one of the “priority sectors” for the government.
- State has set up multiple food parks and mega food parks to give an impetus to the food processing sector’s growth in Chhattisgarh. The state has plans to expand over 200 food parks throughout the state.
- In last 3 years, 478 new food processing units have been set up, generating employment for 6319 people in the state.
The government has set a target of establishing a food park in each development block. Hence land has been identified for establishment of new Food park in 110 development blocks out of 146 development blocks.
All the New micro, small, medium and large food products processing industries to be established in the State will get full exemption from mandi tax imposed on agricultural products for 5 years from the date of first purchase of raw materials from the state mandis / direct producing farmers /units / outside the state with maximum limit of Rs. 2.00 crore per year.
The state prioritizes development of cold chain, primary processing centers & preservation infrastructure in both horticulture and non-horticulture in rural areas.
The state strongly advocates technology upgradation and modernization of food processing.
State is setting up C-Mart Stores to provide all Chhattisgarhi products under one roof for boosting commercialization both inside and outside the state.
Minor Forest Produce
Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Co-Operative Federation Ltd. consists of over 1.35 million co-operative members.
Over 52 species of minor forest produce (MFP) are grown in the state, such as Mahua, Cashew, Amla, Tamarind, Chironji Dana, Forest Honey, Neem, etc
With Minimum Support Price (MSP) and increase in crop species, the co-operative society received an additional income of USD 65 mil from last two years.
The state market these MFP products by the brand of Chhattisgarh Herbals in their flagship Sanjeevani stores.
Vananchal Industries Package is a special Investment package for investment in forest areas related to minor forest produce, herbal and food processing.
Incentives on Fixed capital investments up to 50% for 5 years shall be given under this package or Net SGST (State Goods and Service Taxes) incentives can also be opted.
Chhattisgarh State Land Allotment and Management Act 2015 and prevailing central valuation board guideline rate will be subsidized
up to 50% for the blocks
Out of the total MFP produce collection from India, 88.36% contribution has been from Chhattisgarh.