Integrated Coffee Development Project Scheme (ICDP)
Integrated Coffee Development Project Scheme (ICDP)
Owing to the importance of the economic contribution of coffee production in India, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, launched the Coffee Board in 1942. The board was established mainly to assist the coffee growers with trending technologies and increase the quality and production of coffee in India. The Integrated Coffee Development Project Scheme (ICDP) is one such scheme launched by the Ministry to encourage coffee development in traditional and non-traditional areas in India.
- Development Support for Coffee in Traditional Areas
- Coffee Development Programme (CDP) in Non-Traditional Areas
- Coffee Development Programme (CDP) in North Eastern Region
- Welfare Measures to Children of labourers
- Export Promotion – Providing Transit/Freight Assistance for Coffee Exports
- Modalities/Guidelines for Support for Value Addition – Support to R&G units
Objectives of the Scheme
The ICDP scheme, which is implemented with the financial allocation of Rs.950 Crores aims at achieving the following objectives:
- To cultivate improved varieties of coffee.
- To enhance the quality and production of coffee
- To educate the coffee growers through research and development and incorporate them with advanced technologies
- To extend development support to the coffee growers
- To promote native breed coffee in the national and international market
- To strengthen the domestic market with developmental activities
Components of the Scheme
The components that are covered under the scheme and its breakup of the proposed fund is as follows:
- A sum of135 crores are allocated for the Research and Development for Sustainable Coffee Production
- A fund of92 crores are utilised for the Transfer of Technology and Capacity Building Programs
- An amount of 311 Crores are disbursed for the Development Support for Coffee in Traditional Areas.
- An amount of Rs.125 crores is segregated for the Coffee Development Program in Non-Traditional Areas
- 54.50 Crores is allocated towards the Coffee Development Program in North-Eastern Region
- 10 Crore is spent on the coverage of the Rainfall Insurance Scheme for Coffee
- 80 Crores is estimated for the Support for Mechanisation of Coffee Estate Operations
- The expenses for Marketing in terms of Export Promotions is determined with 60 Crores.
- An additional sum of 55 Crores is proposed for the Market Development, and A total of Rs.25 Crores is utilised for the Support for Value Addition services.
Features of the Scheme
- Indian coffee sector is primarily operated by small growers, while the large and corporate sector growers provide to 25% of the area under cultivation and 30% of the total production.
- The Board allocates the major portion of the fund for the components – Development Support for Coffee in Traditional Areas and Support for Value Addition. These two components are provided with,
- The extended subsidy and financial support for the activities performed by the stakeholders for effective coffee production.
- Clear description of the eligibility norm and by segregating the unit costs rate for various categories of stakeholders.
- All tribal growers
- The area should be suitable for coffee cultivation as per the opinion of the Coffee Board’s officers
- The land records shall be in the name of the beneficiary
- The beneficiary should furnish the land records/possession certificate duly certified by the Village Authority/State Government Authority/Competent Authority.
- The seed material to be procured from the Coffee Board only
Quantum of Subsidy
The subsidy ranges from Rs.50000 to 2.75 lakhs depending upon the nature of cultivation. The subsidy will be disbursed in two instalments. The first instalment will be of 60% to 70%, and the 2nd instalment will be 30% to 40% of the sanctioned amount based on the cultivation.
Operational Guidelines of the Scheme
The scheme, which was initially implemented in 2014, has been extended during the Medium-Term Framework (MTF) Period, with effect from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020, with slight modifications in its guidelines. The board receives and processes the applications from the coffee growers under the following guidelines.
- The board follows the ‘first come, first serve basis’ in processing the application. The pending applications from the previous financial year are processed.
- The board favours the new applicants to get benefitted under the scheme. Thus, the coffee grower can avail only one scheme at a time during the MTF period, until the new applicants are served.
- The applicants must follow the eligibility criteria, pattern, the rate of assistance to apply and claim the subsidy under the scheme for the activities mentioned under the components.
- The applicants should reach out to the Coffee Board head office for any explanation regarding the details of the components.
- It is obligatory for the applicants to adhere to the rules and regulations laid out and revised under the General Financial Rules by the Government of India.
- The applicants should follow the clear, uncomplicated and user-friendly procedures while applying and claiming the benefits under the scheme.
- The Board disburses the fund for the financial and physical accomplishments depending upon the availability of the fund released by the Government of India.
- Subsidies under the scheme are distributed through online mode. Thus, all the applicants should make sure that their Aadhaarseeding is enabled so that they can receive their subsidies through Debit Benefit Transfer (DBT) platform and Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
- The applicants should register their claims with all the appropriate documents to the JLOs/SLOs.
- The JLOs/SLOs has authority to reject the applications submitted without the relevant documents.
- The JLOs/SLOs initiate the activity feasibility inspection only after receiving the application form from the beneficiaries.