Reduction of tomato and banana losses in India

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Project: Reduction of tomato and banana losses through effective supply chains in India

Status: Running

Start: 1 August 2016

End: - 31 December 2016

Commissioning party: SCA Group India, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Partners: Postharvest Network, Aries Agro Limited

Organizations involved: Wageningen Food & Biobased Research


This project is a direct result of one of the first initiatives of the Postharvest Network: The first Postharvest Technology mission to India. During this mission, 50 medium-sized agricultural companies from the tomato and the banana chain participated in a daylong workshop. The outcomes of the workshop were 30+ problem / solution combinations per crop. After the workshop and in dialogue with SCA and Aries Agro Limited these combinations were bundled, evaluated and prioritized to identify the most important PHT and SCM needs:

The existence of many traders in the Supply Chain, the lack of efficient cold chains, a lack of product quality and Postharvest Technology knowledge, and market uncertainty results in approximately 30-45% losses in the current tomato and banana supply chains. New opportunities to reduce food losses, exploring new markets and to develop new business (like food processing) are not being utilized. Therefore, the Postharvest Network, SCA Group and Aries Agro Limited concluded that the objective of this project needed to be to (re)design effective tomato and banana supply chains to reduce postharvest losses and to conquer new domestic and internal markets.

To effectively reduce the effect of market uncertainty, improve business returns of farmers and reduce postharvest losses by (re-)designing, implementing and evaluating existing and new tomato and banana supply chains, the Smart Agri-food Supply Chains approach was applied on sight in India.

This approach has been developed by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and is being applied in many countries. The Postharvest Network has facilitated in knowledge transfer of this methodology to the partners in India. Now that the knowledge has been transferred, the local partners are able to apply the approach to many other Indian supply chains, realizing the upscaling of a proven Smart Agri-food Supply Chains approach without its founding father. A result to be proud of!

At this moment in time the capacity building (knowledge transfer of the approach) has been realized. The redesign of the supply chain is expected to be finished at the end of 2016. The start of the implementation by Indian partners is planned in the first quarter of 2017.