A scheme for crop specific infrastructure creation is to be introduced shortly, stated Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries, at the 6th Cold Chain Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Agriculture and National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD).
The Minister said that the scheme would enable farmers to become entrepreneurs and start their own food processing or cold chain transportation ventures. Cold chain development would contribute to the target of doubling farmers’ incomes, reduce waste, and strengthen the agri supply chains.
Badal added that with FDI in place, farm produce could be directly linked with retail outlets. She suggested creation of Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) for crop specific clusters for top agri and horticultural produce in the states. The Minister asked CII to create a task force to link these FPOs to Industry.
SK Pattanayak, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, urged more investments in the agriculture sector and highlighted the necessity for cold chains. He added that the Government has several schemes for post harvest management and development, including cold chains.
JP Meena, Additional Secretary, MoFPI, outlined the impact of the GST regime on the food sector and associated cold chain infrastructure. He urged industry to adapt to the impending changing regime to maximise efficiencies.
T Nanda Kumar, former Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) called for right infrastructure support to the food processing industry. The industry needs better quality raw material both in terms of intrinsic quality and in terms of food safety. He also urged for the need of business models which are purely not price arbitrage, but will give larger benefits to farmers and which will reduce wastage and increase turnover.
Pawanexh Kohli, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Advisor, National Centre for Cold Chain Development, stated the need to increase farmers’ opportunity to sell more, and linking them to more markets.
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, mentioned that CII has been working on building a strong service portfolio in cold chain and will continue to engage in training and capacity building activities, promote partnerships to strengthen the cold chain infrastructure in the country, and develop post-harvest management protocols as avenues for strengthening crop-specific cold chain infrastructure.
CII Cold Chain Awards
In the category of Outstanding Performance Best Practices in Cold Chain the winners are Rewali Unit, Adani Agrifresh (Large Category), Savla Foods & Cold Storage (Medium Category).
Significant Achievement Best Practices in Cold Chain Management went to Barasat Unit, Keventer Agro Limited.
Outstanding Performance Refrigeration Transport (Large Category) was conferred to Coldrush Logistics. Outstanding Performance Refrigeration Transport (Medium Category) was conferred to Rivigo Services. Significant Achievement Emerging Entrepreneur was awarded to Brring Integrated Logistics.
The Cold Chain Award has been initiated by CII in partnership with National Centre on Cold Chain Development. It recognises organisations for outstanding contributions in the field of cold chain management including warehouse, logistics and policy systems and raises awareness with regard to sustainable success and competitiveness through best practices.