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Chili farmer from Madhya Pradesh sets up processing unit after buying expensive chili power

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11 January 2023, Khargone: About 8 months ago, Prem Tantvare of Piplia Khurd in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh went to sell his chilies in the local market. He was happy to some extent with the price of chili in the local market, but when he bought chili powder, he was very disappointed with the high price.

He then made up his mind to start his own business for processing chili into chili powder. For this purpose, Prem approached the Department of Horticulture in May-June 2022 to set up his industry with one district one product scheme.

Today, Prem Tantvare has started a grinding unit by purchasing chilies from other farmers besides his own. Now Premji is selling not one but five types of chili powder at good prices. From 15 December 2022 till now, he has sold 10 to 15 quintals of chili powder. His buyers include local farmers of the village, traders, and nearby hotels and dhabas.

Bought machines worth 14 lakhs

Prem Tantvare told he received a grant from the government in a very short time. Bank officials visited his house and took complete information after which the bankers were satisfied and the case was also approved.

He received a 35 percent grant of Rs. 7.18 lakh through the scheme PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries for a total project cost of Rs. 26 lakhs. This amount was received with a 3 percent interest subvention.

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