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The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has issued an order for specification of millet content in the millet-based ready to cook (RTC)/ ready to eat (RTE) products under the Production Linked Incentives Scheme for food processing industry.
According to the MoFPI order, the ready to cook, ready to eat millet food products (except flour/atta) having minimum millet percentages as prescribed by the ministry are eligible to be covered under the scheme.
“It has now been decided to specify the levels of millet in various RTC/RTE food products permissible under the scheme,” reads the order.
The order added that the food products were divided into three categories and percentage of millet incorporation in the product. The products include breakfast cereals having finger, pearl, foxtail, little, kodo, barnyard and sorghum millets, wherein the minimum incorporation level with individual millet is fixed at 25%, the second category includes pasta, noodles, spaghetti having finger, pearl, foxtail, little, kodo, and sorghum millet, wherein the minimum incorporation level with individual millets is fixed at 10% and other ready to cook/ eat products with 20% minimum incorporation level of individual millet.
Recently, the guidelines of the scheme were issued and applications for availing the incentives were invited. The last date for submission of application is June 17, 5pm.
The Government of India has approved the PLI scheme for Food Processing for implementation for the year 2021-22 to 2026-27 and set aside a corpus of Rs 10,900 crore for the same. The ministry says that the objective of the scheme was to support creation of global food manufacturing champions, support Indian brands of value-added food products in the international markets, amongst others.