Cold Chain in India - A potential game changer for the farmers in the near future

Top Quote The opportunities in the cold chain of India were on the agenda, when Indian Danish Chamber of Commerce held it's meeting at the Danfoss Headquarters in Nordborg, Denmark. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 20, 2017 - India has 140 million farmers, and the vast country produces a lot of food. More than 400 million megatons of perishables every year. But India, as the rest of the world, also loses an huge amount of food.

    126 kg of lost food a year for each Indian is, in fact, less compared to the people in North America (296 kg) and Northern Europe (281 kg). But, with a population of 1.3 billion individuals, India is losing an incredible amount of food - and, also, in India all food is considered sacred.

    "We lose 100% of perishables that we are unable to safely handle amounting to 30% of the total production. It must stop" says Mr. Pawanexh Kohli, CEO & Chief Advisor at National Centre for India's Cold Chain Development (NCCD), who refers to food loss as a "wasted effort".

    "We lose 100% of what we are incapable of handling and so must build bigger and better cold chains", says Mr. Kohli, pointing out that the solution is cold, but not necessarily the need for more cold storage. India already has 134 million m3 of refrigeration storage, more than consumer superpowers like the USA and China. But the country's cold chain infrastructure holds large gaps.

    Mr. Amil K. Sharma, Commercial Counsellor at the Indian Embassy in Denmark, says that India in its quest to become the "World's growth engine" is looking for best practices, improved capabilities and technology transition around the Globe. And, according to Mr. Sharma, one of the largest potentials in the Indian market is in cooling; technology which Danfoss has the capability and strong will to deliver. Mr. Henrik Schurmann, Vice President at Danfoss and chairman of the board of Indian Danish chamber of Commerce, states that:

    "The cold chain can reduce food loss and waste - and is very important for Danfoss".

    The "cool" potential in India is also stressed by Mr. Ravichandran Purushothaman, President of Danfoss India:
    "The most important thing is value capture in the farm industry, and currently because of lack of strong, solid infrastructure network from farm to fork, there is a lot of value loss," he says and continues:

    "India has a need for having the right and most efficient infrastructure, and I believe the cold chain can become a gamechanger for the farmers in the future".

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