AHIDF Scheme

AHIDF Scheme


Recently, the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying launched the revamped AHIDF Scheme.


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  • Initially it was introduced in June 2020 as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Initiative.
  • The Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) scheme aims to encourage investments from various entities like individual entrepreneurs, private companies, MSMEs, Farmers’ Producers Organizations (FPOs), and Section 8 companies.
  • It focuses on establishing infrastructure for dairy processing and value addition, meat processing and value addition, and animal feed plants.


  • The scheme has witnessed commendable performance, attracting investments worth Rs. 8903 crores and creating approximately 15 lakh jobs, according to government reports.

Realigned AHIDF Scheme:

  • The scheme has now been realigned and is scheduled for implementation over the next three years.

Features of the Realigned Scheme:

  • Under the realigned scheme, beneficiaries will enjoy an interest subvention of 3% payable up to 8 years, with individuals, FPOs, Dairy Cooperatives, Private Companies, Section 8 companies, and MSMEs being eligible.
  • Additionally, there will be a credit guarantee cover of up to 25% of the term loan, with no ceiling on the loan amount and a provision for loans covering up to 90% of the estimated or actual project cost.
  • The scheme will also dovetail with capital subsidy schemes of other ministries or state-level schemes.
  • An online portal has also been introduced to streamline the application process for the scheme.