Background & Rationale
In order to reduce spoilage as well as retain quality and cost effective deliveries of farm produce to the consumers, Cold Chain plays a major role by providing range of storage and transportation services. Globally cold chain industry is estimated to be as high as USD 3 billion and growing at 20-25 per cent annually. The sector is expected to reach USD 8 billion by 2015 through increased investments, modernization of existing facilities, and establishment of new ventures via private and government partnerships. However, India’s cold chain industry is still evolving, unorganized and operating below capacity with most equipments which are in use, are not technically updated. According to an estimate, India has 5,400 cold storage facilities, with a combined capacity of 23.66 million metric tons that can store less than 11% of total produce. As a result in lack of proper storage and transport system a significant quantity of food stuff in India is wasted.
Hence through organizing National Cold Chain Summit: Emerging trends and Market Challenges February 6, 2013 Hyderabad, ASSOCHAM bring a platform to enrich backward and forward linkages for strengthening Cold Chain system. The event focuses on opportunities to facilitate investments in distribution network, infrastructure, technology and other innovations in cold chain Industry. A vibrant panel of experienced professionals will be addressing the issues related to increasing the outreach of state and union government, project viability, saving energy and optimization of logistics, export-import requirements, infrastructure design, packaging standards, R&D, etc.
Issues And Focus Areas
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