You like to com­ment on In­dia's cur­rent cold chain sec­tor sce­nario? If you have to name three re­quire­ments for the bet­ter­ment of the cold chain in­dus­try, what would th­ese be?

Cargo Talk - - Interview -

In­dia ranks first in the world in the pro­duc­tion of fruits and sec­ond in that of veg­eta­bles ac­count­ing for 10 and 15 per cent, re­spec­tively, of the to­tal global pro­duc­tion. De­spite this, the per capita fruit and veg­etable avail­abil­ity of fruit is low due to post-har­vest losses and those losses can ac­count for al­most one-third (25-30 per cent) of the to­tal pro­duc­tion. The qual­ity of the prod­ucts also di­min­ishes by the time they reach the end con­sumers. The prime rea­son for this huge wastage and in­fe­rior pro­duce is the lack of in­fra­struc­ture–the cold chain ar­range­ment, from the source of pro­duce to the end point of sale where the per­ish­able goods can be stored af­ter har­vest.

Re­quire­ments for bet­ter­ment would, firstly, be a ro­bust

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