The Union Ministry of Food Processing is planning to involve the State governments in the implementation of various projects in the food processing sector from the next financial year.

Rakesh Kacker, Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, told mediapersons here on Friday that the Ministry was putting together a proposal to decentralise implementation of its major programmes by involving the State governments.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing IndPack-2011, Mr. Kacker said that the Ministry favoured each State to have a separate administrative arm to implement the schemes.

The Centre would provide the financial assistance to the States depending on the number and nature of programmes they implement, he said.

While the Ministry would mainly handle major projects like mega food parks and cold chain projects, the State would be handling programmes such as technology upgradation, human resource development and smaller infrastructure projects.

Of the 30 mega food park projects being taken up, Mr. Kacker said, 15 had been allotted to private promoters.

The Ministry invited Expression of Interest for the rest before February-end. The government would fund up to Rs.50 crore for each of the projects, he said.

He also said that the Ministry was in the process of setting up of 49 cold storage projects at a cost of Rs.360 crore.