Postharvest technology in India

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Project: Postharvest technology in India

Status: Completed

Start: 1 November 2014

End: - 31 December 2014

Commissioning party: Logistics sector India

Partners: Postharvest Network, Wageningen UR, DINALOG

Organizations involved:
Agricultural counsellor Dutch Embassy India, SCA India, Agricultural sector India


India is one of the world’s largest producers of fruits and vegetables. The domestic market is large and grows enormously. India is expected to house 1.5 billion inhabitants in 2035, thus making it the world’s most populated nation and second only to China. The fact that 25% of the world’s population will be living in India must be seen by the members of the Postharvest Network as a huge possibility. Considering the estimate that 30 to 50% of food produced is promptly wasted, we can conclude that the Dutch expertise on postharvest technology and efficiency will be of immeasurable value for India’s situation.

Another powerful Dutch tool to be used in India will be the knowledge and expertise in the field of supply chain management. Various kinds of fruits and vegetables are impossible to transfer from the north to the south, from east to west. Relatively little is exported, ranging from 2 to 7%, and that is simply because of lacking Cold Chain technology and knowledge.

What are the exact opportunities? Which products are we talking about? Which focus area is the most interesting for partners of the Postharvest Network? Which parties should we approach in India? What obstacles will we encounter? All these questions indicate the need to identify the local situation and to start at the source, i.e. the necessity.

With this perspective, we recently looked to collaborate with progressive parties in India. In cooperation, a workshop was organized with 50 medium-sized agricultural companies from the tomato and the banana chain. During the workshop, Netherlands-based postharvest technology and knowledge was presented. The most crucial needs in the those two value chains were addressed, including the added value the Postharvest Network members can bring to this issue.

Please watch the testimonial of Bhairavi Jani, Director at the SCA Group of Companies, offering value added services customized for supply chain activities (India, November 2014).