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NABARD Warehousing Scheme (NWS) 2013- 14

Consequent upon the announcement of an allocation of 5000 crore to NABARD in the budget for 2013- 14, for supporting creation of infrastructure for storage of agricultural commodities, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for creation of Warehouse Infrastructure Fund (WIF) in NABARD. With a view to operationalising WIF, NABARD has formulated a scheme viz., NABARD Warehousing Scheme 2013- 14 (NWS), which envisages extension of loans to Public and Private Sectors for construction of warehouses, silos, cold storages and other cold chain infrastructure. The Scheme has been approved by Government of India (Copy enclosed as Appendix).

Funds under this scheme would be utilized for meeting the growing demand for storage capacity for agricultural commodities in the entire country and also in the wake of enactment of National Food Security Act 2013. Priority will be given for the projects proposed in Eastern & North Eastern and food grain deficit states.

The salient features of the Scheme are indicated below:

1 Eligible Institutions/ Entities
  • State Governments
  • Agencies Owned/ Sponsored by State Govt.
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions (through respective State Governments)
  • Agencies owned/ sponsored by Government of India, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up under the projects in Public- Private Partnership (PPP) mode, Cooperatives (and their Federations), Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs), Federations of Farmers’ Collectives, APMCs, Apex Marketing Boards, Private Companies, Individual Entrepreneurs, etc.
2 Activities Covered Loans will be provided for projects involving creation of storage infrastructure, with a minimum capacity of 5000 metric tons (MT), for agricultural and allied produce including construction of:
  1. Warehouses
  2. Silos
  3. Cold storage, Controlled Atmosphere (CA) stores, other cold chain activities like reefer vans, bulk coolers, Individually Quick Frozen units (IQF), chilling/ freezing infrastructure, etc.
Modernization/ improvement of the existing storage infrastructure projects will be considered on merit of each proposal provided it leads to scientific/ additional storage capacity.
3 Registration by WDRA Loans will be provided in respect of only those storage projects, which not only conform to the norms laid down by Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA), but also give an undertaking for obtaining accreditation/ registration from WDRA on completion of the infrastructure.
4 Priority Segments Funds under this Scheme would be utilized for meeting the growing demand for storage capacity for agricultural commodities and also in the wake of enactment of National Food Security Act 2013 from the following segments:
  • Food grain procurement agencies, like FCI (including under PEG Scheme), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC), State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs), State Government Departments/ Agencies, etc.
  • Panchayats, PACS and other Co-operative Societies (including modernization/ renovation/ repairs of the existing warehouses) for enabling farmers to store their produce and avail concessional post harvest loans
  • State Civil Supplies Departments/ Corporations for Public Distribution System (PDS) and supply of essential commodities
  • Private Sector entities for storing food grains as well as other agricultural commodities like pulses, oilseeds, cotton, spices & condiments and perishables, like fruits & vegetables, dairy/ poultry/ meat/ fish products.

  • Priority will be given for the projects proposed in Eastern & North Eastern Regions and in food grain deficit states.
5 Loans to Public Sector Loans to State Government, Agencies Owned/ sponsored by State Govt. and Panchayats (through State Governments) will be governed by the extant Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) guidelines.
6 Loans to Private Sector Direct loans to private sector and to the entities owned/ sponsored by the State Govt., which are not covered by mandate/ guarantee, would be governed by the terms of lending indicated in Annexure– I.
7 Implementation Period The Scheme will be operational during the year 2013- 14.

(For any queries/ clarifications– email to dsm@nabard.org/ nabardwarehouse@gmail.com)

Annexure – I

Direct Loans to Private Sector– Terms of Lending

Type of Borrower Maximum Quantum of Loan
(% of TFO)
Tenure of Loan (Years) Rate of Interest
(% p.a.)
Agencies owned/ sponsored by Government of India, SPVs set up under the projects in PPP mode, FPOs, Federations of Farmers’ Collectives, Apex Marketing Boards, etc. 95 07 PLR* + Risk Premium
More than 7 years PLR + Risk Premium + Tenor Premium
Cooperatives (and their Federations), APMCs or similar institutions 95 07 PLR + Risk Premium
More than 7 years PLR + Risk Premium + Tenor Premium
Private Companies, Individual Entrepreneurs, etc. 75 07 PLR + Risk Premium
More than 7 years PLR + Risk Premium + Tenor Premium
* PLR is Prime Lending Rate of NABARD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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