Up to 50 percent of milk, fruits, veggies produced in India go waste

India being world’s largest producer of milk and second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, about 40 to 50 per cent of the total production ends up wasted.

Published: 25th October 2017 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2017 02:33 PM   |  A+A-

About 40 to 50 per cent of the total production of milk, fruits and vegetables go wasted in India.

By ANI

NEW DELHI: Despite India being world’s largest producer of milk and second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, about 40 to 50 per cent of the total production valued of  USD 440 billion (bn) ends up wasted, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-MRSS India study.
 
“India has about 6,300 cold storage facilities with a capacity of 30.11 million metric tons, which are only able to store about 11 per cent of the country’s total perishable produce,” said ASSOCHAM secretary general, D.S. Rawat while releasing the study Tuesday.
 
Highlighting that about 60 per cent of this capacity is spread across states of UP, West Bengal, Gujarat and Punjab, the ASSOCHAM-MRSS India joint study noted, “The situation is severe in southern part of India due to unavailability of cold storage units, moreover as the climate is far more hot and humid.”
 
The study estimated that cold chain market in India valued at $167.24 bn in 2016 is projected to reach $234.49 bn by 2020.
 
The cold chain market has grown steadily in the last few years and this trend is projected to continue until 2020.
 
While there are many positive changes in Indian cold chain market, high operating cost is a major roadblock for sector’s overall growth.
 
“Shortage of adequate infrastructure, lack of trained personnel, outdated technology and inconsistent power supply are other major obstacles in growth of cold chain infrastructure in India,” said Rawat.
 
He added that setting up cold-chain involves higher infrastructure cost for operations.
 
“Given the expected growth in grocery retail to $847.9 bn by 2020 from $500 bn in 2012, there are some changes expected by the industry as a whole to ensure three significant areas of handling food collection, storage and transportation to be more cost effective for retailers.”
 
Technology interventions like GPS and sensors be used to centrally monitor and track the temperature, position of truck to ensure better control on product quality.
 
While retail cold chain as a sector is currently struggling to be more efficient, there is a lot of headroom for improvement with the help of operational and technology level changes which can be brought into the overall system.
 
By implementing self-updating and hosted computer systems, cloud storage offers many benefits to warehousing include cutting down on maintenance, infrastructure and labour costs that come from installation and upgrading of warehouse management systems. 

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