Pankaj Me­hta SK Sharma

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Car­rier Tran­si­cold In­dia & South Asia Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Global Agrisys­tem

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Reefer trucks have been an im­por­tant as­pect of prod­ucts like ice cream, meat, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, etc. Cold chain in In­dia to­day is at a more ad­vanced and ma­ture stage and seems to be work­ing well. But in agri­cul­ture space, link­ages and poli­cies are still be­ing for­mu­lated. The gov­ern­ment is taking lot of ini­tia­tives in the form of pol­icy changes, sub­si­dies and in­cen­tive, to name a few.

De­spite get­ting sub­sidy from gov­ern­ment there are gaps in the sys­tem. The de­fi­ciency in farm gate pack-house is ev­i­dent that there are mar­kets ask­ing for good quality fruits. One of the things to un­der­stand­ing is that cold chain is com­plex and ex­pen­sive. Most of the times when we talk about cold chain, the widely used term is wastage and there­fore, cold chain is im­por­tant. But it’s role is more than re­duc­ing wastage. For ex­am­ple, if pro­duc­tion of any pro­duce in the coun­try in­creases by 10 per cent, the prices will go down by 60 per cent. It hap­pens be­cause at the time of har­vest­ing, peo­ple do not have ca­pac­ity to hold the pro­duce and they are forced to bring in to the mar­ket. Hence, if we have to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, stor­age and process in­fra­struc­ture is a must. It also helps to reach­ing out to the last con­sumer. Bring­ing pro­duce to the prospect con­sumer is an im­por­tant as­pect. A time will come when pro­cessed prod­ucts will be cheaper than fresh ones and it will re­quire ex­ten­sive ef­fi­cient lo­gis­tics to get dis­trib­uted eas­ily.

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