BHOPAL : The cabinet, on Tuesday, endorsed Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Trade and Food Processing Policy-2012. In the policy, micro, small and medium industries have been categorised as per provisions of Micro, Small and Medium Industries Development Act-2006.  The definition given for mega Food Park in Mega Food Park Yojna of Government of India during the 11th Five-Year Plan will be applicable for this policy.

 The policy envisages establishment of horticulture hubs where arrangements will be made for making available inputs to farmers for horticulture crops, post-harvest management and processing. It will be a single point of contact for farmers where all facilities for horticulture crops and processing will be available.

In the policy, investment will be promoted right from farm up to market supply chain. Value addition of products will be made and losses will be minimised so that farmers’ profit is increased.

The cabinet decided to reserve 60 percent coal allocated to Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company from Ameliya coal block for 2 X 660 MW Singaji thermal power project.

The cabinet decided to purchase power for years 2012-13 and 2013-14 (except solar and other non-formal energies) within limits of RPO requirements and as per rates fixed and procedure laid down by the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. It also decided to purchase solar power through tender system.

 The cabinet decided to change the name of Chief Minister’s Sanitation Programme to Chief Minister’s Urban Sanitation Mission. For fulfilling objectives of the mission, the cabinet sanctioned an action plan worth Rs. 459.44 cr. At present, 12 lakh houses are devoid of toilets.

 In the first five years, toilets will be constructed in 3.50 lakh houses.

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