Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for holistic development of horticulture including post harvest management. Under post harvest management component of the Mission, credit linked back ended subsidy at the rate of 35% of the project cost in general areas and 50% in case of hilly and scheduled areas is available for establishment of cold storages in the country including Tenkasi Parliamentary Constituency. The component is demand/ entrepreneur driven from entrepreneurs, private companies, cooperatives, farmers groups etc.
Under the Mission, State is organizing seminars, village level meetings, farmers groups meetings etc. for creating awareness among farmers groups/ entrepreneurs for establishment of cold storage.
Department of Agriculture Marketing and Agri-business, Tamil Nadu has established three cold storages with total capacity of 1035 MT in Tenkasi Parliamentary constituency for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. These cold storages are being used for storing of various horticultural produce by the farmers.
This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha today.