The Agriculture Ministry would evolve a new National Policy on Cold Chain to provide direction for the long term approach for holistic infrastructure creation in both agri and horticulture products.
Making the announcement at a National Conclave on “Strengthening of Farm-to-Consumer Cold-Chain Infrastructure” in New Delhi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Mission Director, MIDH, Dr. Shakil Ahammed said that the proposed policy would be drafted in consultations with all concerned stakeholders.
Dr Shakil Ahammed also said that the Centre has decided to expand the capacities of storages facilities for onion in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and even Karnataka to ensure minimum wastages on onions.Farmers in these regions had to virtually throw away their onion produce in the absence of adequate storage facilities.
Dr. Ahammed informed that capacity expansion for storages facilities in the State of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra would be respectively done to an extent of 38,000 tonnes, 6,800 tonnes and 12,000 tonnes.
Elaborating on the new National Policy on Cold Chain for agri and horticulture products, Dr. Ahammed indicated that the focus of the government of the day would be productivity and quality of the produce of both agri and horticulture products and that the policy for storing the agri and hori items would be designed keeping in view the two aspects of agri and horti produce so that the farmers do not lose on their produce and the consumer gets the best of the price in the entire supply value chain of the marketing of agri and horti produce.
Report on Cold Chain
A Report on Doubling Farmer’s Income by Strengthening India’s Cold Chain 2016’ was released jointly by President, PHD Chamber, Dr. Mahesh Gupta; CEO & Chief Advisor, National Centre for Cold-Chain Development, Mr. Pawan Kohli; Counsellor for Agricultural Affairs, Regional Economic Service, French Embassy, Mr. Cedric Prevost; Chairman, Roads, Ports & Other Infrastructure Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. Ashish Mohan Wig and Secretary General, PHD Chamber, Mr. Saurabh Sanyal and Director, PHD Chamber, Dr. Ranjeet Mehta.
The report highlights that as per latest estimates 1219 cold stores are either permanently closed or not available and the total number of functional cold stores is 5367, amount to a total storage size of 26.85 million tonnes. The report highlights that seamless cold chain infrastructure is essential for doubling the incomes of farmers by 2022 as enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.