Assistance for Spices Processing in North Eastern Region

Assistance for Spices Processing in North Eastern Region

Assistance for Spices Processing in North Eastern Region

The Indian Government has initiated a subsidy scheme for the “Spices Processing in North Eastern Region” under the Department of Export Development and Promotion of Spices. Under this scheme, it is proposed to grant financial assistance to the exporters/research institutions, farmers associations, spice growers cooperatives, NGOs representing spices growers and entrepreneurs in the North-Eastern and hill states to establish primary processing facilities for spices. In this article, we look at the Assistance Scheme for Spices Processing in North Eastern Region in detail.

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Eligibility Criteria

The exporters must satisfy the below following criteria to apply for the scheme.

  • Spices growers’ co-operatives
  • Farmers’ associations
  • NGOs representing spices growers
  • Individual entrepreneurs in the North Eastern and hill states.

Scale of Assistance

Under this scheme, the grant in aid is provided to the tune of maximum 33% of the total cost all types of primary processing facilities that are subjected to a maximum of Rs. 25 lakhs during the plan period per beneficiary.

The Government provides the assistance amount for the farmers’ groups will be up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost of primary processing facilities that are subjected to a maximum of Rs. 35 lakhs during the plan period per beneficiary.

Documents Required

The required documents must be furnished along with the application form are as follows:

  • Application in the prescribed form in duplicate
  • Project description appraised by financial institutions / Chartered Engineer or any other competent technical organization
  • List of equipment proposed to be installed
  • Copies of quotations for machinery/ equipment from a minimum of two parties

Payment Procedure

The claims on expenses for setting up the processing facilities/ manufacturing equipment after the date of application for the grant in aid only will qualify to work out the total cost of the project for the purpose of payment of the grant in aid. All payments for the processing facilities/ manufacturing equipment etc. must be made by crossed cheque/demand draft, that must be reflected in the bank statement. The payment by cash to petty expenditure to be connected with the project would be considered up to Rs. 35,000/- only.

Export Obligation

The beneficiaries are required to fulfil an export obligation against availing assistance by exporting spice and spice products worth five times of the grant in aid within five years from the date of completion of the processing facilities. For discharging the export obligation, the export will be modified directly by the beneficiary, if any, as well as the supplies delivered by the beneficiary to other exporters for the export (deemed export), will be considered.

Inspection/ Verification

The beneficiary on completion of the project/ installation, have to furnish the following required documents along with the application form and submit it to the Board.

  • Application in the prescribed form.
  • Completion report
  • Proof of bills, vouchers and receipts (to be self-attested)
  • Expenditure statement duly attested by the Chartered Accountant
  • Bank statement detailing payments released for the qualified activities/ components of the project or copies of Demand Drafts (DD) relating to the payment effected for the project.

On the receipt for the claims of the project and on satisfactory completion of the project, the Board will consider providing the eligible assistance in aid to the exporter. The Board will also arrange for an inspection of the unit for physical verification of the installations of equipment/machinery. The inspection team will consist of an officer from the Board and a local representative from the department of industry/ EIA/ Agmark or any other Government agencies.

Application Procedure of the Scheme

The exporter who wants to avail of the assistance under this scheme has to follow the below procedure:

Step 1: The applicant will have to approach the Spices Board to apply for this Assistance Scheme Spices Processing in North Eastern Region

Step 2: Then, the applicant has to get the scheme form from the office and have to fill out the in the prescribed format along with copies of the detailed proposal including details of the market promotion to be offered with the cost break up in each segment separately.

The scheme form can also be downloaded from the official web portal of Export Development and Promotion of Spices, and the same has been reproduced below for the ready reference in PDF format.

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Step 3: The applicant will have to provide detailed report/ records of the activities undertaken along with a progress report and also an expenditure statement has to provide that the loan has been fully utilized only for the sanctioned purpose must be submitted at the end of each year.

Step 4: The supporting documentary proofs for the expenditure incurred/ committed has to be produced to the Board.

Step 5: Finally, the applicants can avail the funds on completion of the formalities and the fund will be transferred to the applicant at the earliest.

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