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AGRICULTURE

“To double farmers’ incomes, double produce rates & sales,” says Kohli
Wednesday, 27 September, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Stressing on the need to protect those who provide food for all, Pawanexh Kohli, chief executive officer and chief advisor, National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD), stated at the seventh essay of the National Cold Chain Summit that doubling the incomes of farmers was not possible without doubling the market rates and sales of the agricultural produce, adding that cold chain was a key enabler of this.

The summit, which took place in New Delhi recently, was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare and NCCD. Its theme was Cold Chain: An Enabler for Doubling Farmers’ Incomes.

Understanding and developing a roadmap for creating a robust food value chain was the objective of the summit, at which Parag Gupta, joint secretary, MoFPI, stated that the development of, and support for, the cold chain sector was an important area for the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), and it was with this vision that it approved over 100 cold chain projects.

He added that cold chain was one of the focus areas of World Food India, the ministry’s flagship event, which is slated to make its debut at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan between November 3 and 5, 2017. Ashok Dalwai, chief executive officer, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, spoke at the inaugural session of the event.

Emphasising the need to find solutions for crop-specific agriculture logistics and leverage the multi-modal system for transportation, he highlighted the three flagships initiatives of the government - the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Contract Farming Act and the Land Lease Act.

P Ravichandran, chairman, CII Task Force on Cold Chain Development, and president, Danfoss Industries Pvt Ltd, highlighted the various initiatives taken up by the former. These include the commodity-specific initiatives taken up in several states in partnership with their governments, the study on ease of doing business for the cold chain industry and the Cold Chain Awards.

Cold chain plays an important role in enhancing the farmers’ incomes and reducing the losses. India’s greatest need is for an effective cold chain solution that will integrate the supply chains for agricultural commodities from their respective production centres to the consumption centres, thereby reducing physical waste and loss of value of perishable commodities.

The summit witnessed the participation of over 180 delegates. Some of these were representatives of the ministries of agriculture and food processing industries and such government organisations as NCCD, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Kundli, Haryana, the Central Warehousing Corporation, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

There were representatives of such private sector organisations as Danfoss Industries, Blue Star Limited, Bayer Material Private Limited, ITC Limited, Dabon International Pvt Ltd, Kirloskar (SM Refrigeration), Coldrush Logistics Pvt Ltd, the Tamil Nadu Banana Growers’ Federation, Frick India Ltd and Rinac India Ltd.

Representatives of the embassies of such countries as the Netherlands, France, Spain and Germany, amongst others, were also present at the Summit.

Highlights

Cool Idea
Cool Idea, the cold chain knowledge hub, was launched during the Summit. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by CII Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) in partnership with Covestro  India Pvt Ltd for the first project under Cool Idea, which would be an integrated cold chain in Pune.

CII Cold Chain Awards
The Summit also witnessed the felicitation of winners of the CII Cold Chain Awards, that have been initiated by CII in partnership with NCCD.

The category-wise awardees were as follows:
 
    • Outstanding Performance in Cold Warehousing: Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt Ltd and Mangolpuri Unit (large category) and Keventer Agro Limited (medium category)
    • Outstanding Performance in Innovations: Ecofrost Technologies Pvt Ltd
    • Outstanding Performance in Refrigeration Transport: Gati Kausar India Limited
    • Outstanding Performance in Packhouse (large category): Sahyadri Farmers Producer Co Ltd
    • Outstanding Performance in Packhouse (medium category): Savla Foods and Cold Storage Pvt Ltd
    • Outstanding Performance in Backward Integration: FIL Industries Limited
    • Significant Achievement in Innovations Category: Promethean Spenta Technologies Pvt Ltd
    • Significant Achievement in Cold Warehousing Category: B Y Agro and Infra Limited

 
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