Main­tain­ing ef­fi­cacy in cold chain ......................................................................................

At the re­cently-held PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Cold Chain In­fra­struc­ture in the cap­i­tal, em­i­nent in­dus­try ex­perts dis­cussed the chal­lenges faced and solutions needed to bring ef­fi­ciency in cold chain.

Cargo Talk - - Front Page - KAL­PANA LOHUMI

Dr Ashok Dal­wai IAS, CEO Na­tional Rain­fed Author­ity, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture & Farmer Wel­fare, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia

De­mand is an ex­tremely im­por­tant cri­te­rion and it largely comes from the ru­ral sec­tor. Un­less we look at poli­cies that im­pact the ru­ral econ­omy we will not be able to sus­tain. So­cial se­cu­rity sup­port is re­quired. The con­tract farm­ing is the way for­ward as this will help mon­e­tise agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture wastage, which at present is sub­stan­tially higher. A model con­tract Farm­ing Act has been put in pub­lic do­main for stake­hold­ers’ com­ments. Once the model law is ready, it will be shared with state govern­ments for adop­tion. In­dia’s agri­cul­ture econ­omy is very com­plex. The coun­try can pro­duce any­thing that is be­ing pro­duced across the world, from the trop­i­cal to tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive. The need of the hour is a sys­tem where we can ab­sorb the sur­plus in a mean­ing­ful man­ner.

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