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In the last few decades, globally scientists and cultivation experts continued to pursue glorious successes - to increase crop yield and farm-gate productivity. The fact that in matters of food, first...
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The target to double farmers' income will best be served by empowering access to more consumption points (markets). Such access is currently restrained mainly due to physical limitations of the logistics system. What's needed are policy direction to ramp up physical connectivity from farm to consumers, and easing certain regulatory restrictions.
Food loss can be reduced by ensuring that all the harvested produce reaches its intended end-use. This means that food delivery mechanisms must also aim to counter the perishable nature of food, to extend its saleable life cycle. Cold-chain is the mechanism that does this.
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Around 900,000 years ago, fire was first brought into our homes. This coincided with a peak in glacial activity, and probably helped the genus Homo to survive. This was the period of Homo Erectus, who went on to evolve into us. But today, more than ever, we need to harness the power of ice, of cold.
India has developed an enviable capacity in cold storage, the largest in the world. Yet, despite this, where does our cold-chain fail our fresh produce supply system?