The agro-climatic conditions are favourable for growing various fruits and horticultural crops. The products of Tripura are well known both on the table and in processed forms. There is a ample scope for area expansion under organic spices cultivation in Tripura. There is a vast potential for setting up of food processing units in the State. The State also has potential in the meat processing sector.
Major Fruit Crops – Pineapple, Jackfruit, Orange, Litchi, Cashew, Coconut, Mang) ; Major spices – Ginger, Turmeric, Chili. Queen Pineapple of Tripura has been declared as “State Fruit”. Pineapples and Oranges renowned for their unique flavour; and organic nature of produce. There is a Potential for rice milling sector with modern technology.
During recent years, numbers of food processing units have come up in Tripura. Some examples are: Modern Rice Mill, Modern Flour Mill, Cashew Processing, Iodized Salt, Ice slabs/ Ice candy/ Ice cream, Soya Nuggets, Spice manufacturing, Bakery/ Biscuits manufacturing, Groundnut processing, salted snacks, Cold Storages, etc.
The infrastructure developed so far in the State to promote the sector, such as :
Food Park: A modern Food Park has been set up near Agartala to give a fillip to this sector with all necessary common facilities for food processing industries including cold storage, warehouse, R&D/ Quality Control Lab, common packaging facility etc.
Mega Food Park: One Mega Food Park has been set up at Tulakona (near Agartala) with the financial assistance of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. The total project cost is about Rs. 87 crores, out of which grant from the Ministry of Food Processing is about Rs.50 crores.
Food Testing Lab : A Modern Food Testing Lab has been set up at Bodhjungnagar Industrial Complex. This Lab is NABL accredited.
To encourage the investors to invest in the State of Tripura, State Government has introduced State incentive scheme, namely, Tripura Industrial Investment Promotion Incentive Scheme (TIIPIS), 2017 for five years w.e.f. first April,2017. The Government of Tripura has declared priority sector industrial enterprises as "Thrust Sector Industries" in the State to promote new industrial enterprises bases on local resources. Food Processing activities have been identified as “Thrust sector” by the State Government. Additional subsidies are being provided for food processing industries under Tripura State Incentive scheme.
All eligible enterprises will be entitled to an Industrial Promotion Subsidy equal to the net amount of the Central Sales Tax (CST), any other commodity tax and Goods and Services Tax actually paid by them to the State Government on sale of finished goods, subject to an overall ceiling of Rs.100 Lakhs per annum per enterprise. The aggregating limit of entitlement of an enterprise for 5 years shall not be exceeding to 100% value of investment made in plant and machinery.
All eligible enterprises will be entitled to a reimbursement of interest paid to banks/financial institutions, @5% on the Term Loan availed by the enterprises, subject to a ceiling of Rs.10 Lakhs per year per enterprise.
All eligible enterprises will be allowed Partial Reimbursement of industrial power charges paid to Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd. or an approved agency. The Reimbursement of power charges shall be @25% of the power charges actually paid by the enterprise, subject to a maximum amount of Rs.20 Lakhs per annum per enterprise.
Employment cost subsidy shall be provided to the enterprises in the form of reimbursement of the contribution made towards Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Schemes for a period of 5 years. 100% reimbursement of expenditure to micro, small and medium enterprise shall be provided on account of contribution paid towards EPF and ESI Schemes subject to employment of 20 or more people skilled and semi-skilled workers who are domiciled of the State.
100% reimbursement for one time guarantee fee paid and the service fees paid every year by Micro and Small enterprises for CGTMSE coverage taken on loan granted by Banks/ NBFCs shall be provided for 5 years.
Industrial enterprises which export their manufactured goods to Bangladesh through the Land Custom Stations in the State shall be provided reimbursement @ 10% of the value of goods exported subject to a ceiling of Rs. 20 Lakhs per enterprise per annum. Reimbursement of payment shall be made on the basis of records available with Central Customs authority.
Re-imbursement of a part of the travelling expenses and the transportation cost incurred to carry goods to participate in State and National levels trade/ industry fares and exhibitions held outside the State shall be provided to enterprises falling under thrust sector. For participation of fares and exhibitions in Bangladesh, the benefit of re-imbursement shall be provided as well. Re-imbursement of expenditures on travelling charges paid for one person of the participating industrial enterprise and the transportation cost (to- and-fro) of goods for display or sale @ 50% of the actual expenditures incurred and subject to an upper ceiling of Rs. 50000/- per enterprise for each participation. Re-imbursement of expenses shall be further subject to maximum participation in 2 fares and exhibitions in a year by an industrial enterprise.
State Transport Subsidy shall be provided @10% of Transportation cost incurred for movement of finished goods by Rail from the Railway Station nearest to the location of Industrial unit to the Railway Station nearest to the location of the buyer. The State Transport Subsidy shall be available for a period of 5(Five) years from the date of Commercial Production. Enterprises which are eligible for Transport Subsidy under NEIDS, 2017 of DPIIT, Government of India would also be eligible for state Transport Subsidy.
Subject to their meeting the quality, delivery and other specifications of the Purchasing State Government Agencies, 20% Procurement Preference subject to 20% value addition will be given on all purchases by State Government Agencies – including Departments/Corporations/ Public Sector Enterprises/ Autonomous Bodies/ Aided Institutions of the State Government – on procurement of goods and services in Tripura by eligible enterprises.
All eligible enterprises shall be given 100% exemption from the payment of earnest money and security deposits for items indicated in their Eligibility Certificate issued under this Scheme, on tenders floated by the State Government Departments/ Agencies (including Corporations/ Undertakings/ autonomous bodies of the State Government). However, such exemption shall be confined only to the tenders for procurement of goods. Procurement of Services, Works Contract, etc. are excluded from the scope of this exemption. The incentive under this clause shall be available to all the enterprises irrespective of the time/ year of their setting up, subject to fulfillment of other eligibility condition.
Additional subsidies/ incentives shall be provided to the industrial enterprises which continue to operate for 5 years from the date of commencement of commercial production. Subsidies shall be provided to such industrial enterprises for a further period of 5 years. The provisions for providing
Additional subsidy to industrial enterprises after 5 years shall operate as follows:
Additional subsidies/ incentives shall be provided to the industrial enterprises which continue to operate for 5 years from the date of commencement of commercial production. The provisions for providing additional subsidy to industrial enterprises after 5 years shall be operate as follows:
1. Industrial Promotion Subsidy: Industrial promotion subsidy (Reimbursement of “Goods and Services Tax”) shall be allowed @25% of “Goods and Services Tax” (net of input tax) actually paid by the industrial enterprises after 5 years of their operation. The subsidy shall be provided for a further period of 5 years subject to the condition that the aggregate payment of subsidy to any industrial enterprise from the date of its commencement of commercial production shall not exceed 100% of the investment in plant and machinery.
2. Partial Reimbursement of Power Charges: Power subsidy shall be provided @ 15% of actual power charges paid by industrial enterprises after 5 years of operation. The incentive shall be for a further period of 5 years and subject to an annual upper ceiling of subsidy of Rs. 6 Lakhs for enterprises with employment in the range of 20 to 50 persons, Rs. 9.00 Lakhs with employment in the range of 51 to 100 persons and Rs. 12 Lakhs with employment of more than 100 persons.
3. Employment Cost Subsidy: Employment cost subsidy in the form of reimbursement of employer contribution towards payment of EPF and ESI to Regional Provident Fund Commissioner shall be provided @ 50 % of the payment made by MSME units with employment of 20 or more persons for a further period of 5 years. Employment cost subsidy shall be available to all MSME units after 5 years of operation irrespective of the category of industries (thrust or non-thrust sector).
4. Wages Subsidy: Wages subsidy shall be provided to industrial enterprises @ 20% of the actual wages paid on employment of 20 or more persons by them after 5 years of operation. The subsidy shall be for the next 5 years period. The payment of wages subsidy is subject to an upper ceiling of Rs. 2.50 Lakhs per enterprise per annum.
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