PHD cham­ber of Com­merce

hosts con­fer­ence on cold chain in Delhi

Cargo Talk - - International Conference -

The con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by Sandip So­many, pres­i­dent, PHD Cham­ber; Di­nesh Rai, chair­man, Ware­hous­ing Devel­op­ment and Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (WDRA); Sanjeev Cho­pra, Jt. Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Govt. of In­dia & MD, Na­tional Hor­ti­cul­ture Board; RS Bedi, chair­man, Task Force on Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment, PHD Cham­ber and sev­eral other in­dus­try ex­perts. At this con­fer­ence knowl­edge part­ner Yes Bank re­leased a study on ‘In­dia’s Cold Chain Sec­tor’.

In his wel­come ad­dress, So­many said that In­dia’s sup­ply chain man­age­ment for stor­ing food prod­ucts and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts is highly in­ef­fi­cient. He pointed out that In­dia is the 1st largest pro­ducer of milk, 2nd largest pro­ducer of fruits, veg­eta­bles, 5th in eggs and 6th in fish in the world. In spite of that, 20-30 per cent of all food prod­ucts are wasted ev­ery year due to the lack of Proper Cold stor­ages. He men­tioned in his ad­dress that there is an ar­dent need to de­velop a ro­bust Cold Chain in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try to pre­vent this huge wastage not only in food pro­cess­ing sec­tor but also in pharma seg­ment. He also laid em­pha­sis on the need of adopt­ing new tech­nolo­gies and method­ol­ogy for strength­en­ing the ex­ist­ing Cold Chain in­fra­struc­ture. Also, the sup­ply chain needs to be de­signed and built as a whole in an in­te­grated man­ner and should be well sup­ported us­ing IT tools and soft­ware. “By build­ing an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive sup­ply chain us­ing state- of- the- art tech­niques, we can de­velop an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive cold chain in­fra­struc­ture for both the sec­tors,” he said.

Bedi, while pre­sent­ing the theme speech, in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that the In­dian cold chain mar­ket is worth $3 bil­lion. This mar­ket is ex­pected to grow to $12.4 bil­lion by the end of 2015. Against a re­quire­ment of over 35 mil­lion tonne of cold stor­age, In­dia has ex­act 5,386 cold stor­age units with a cu­mu­la­tive ca­pac­ity of nearly 25 mil­lion tonne, re­sult­ing in loss of about 40 per cent of the agri-pro­duce post-har­vest.

Re­cently, the P ham­ber of om­merce and In­dus­try with the sup­port of Min­istry of ood Pro­cess­ing In­dus­tries M PI and Agri­cul­tural and Pro­cessed ood Prod­ucts Ex­port evel­op­ment Author­ity APE A or­gan­ised a Na­tional on­fer­ence on old

hain Man­age­ment ’ in New elhi. r. Sau­mi­tra haud­hury, Mem­ber, Plan­ning om­mis­sion, overn­ment of In­dia was the uest of ounor at the on­fer­ence.

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