Post-harvest loss is omnipresent but happens at different stages along the food supply chain in countries. In developed countries where the cold chain is mature, about two-thirds of food loss occurs in consumer-facing businesses and homes. In the U.S., for example, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material, comprising 22% of discarded municipal solid waste. In North America, where the cold chain is mature and robust, losses of food in postharvest, handling, and storage are estimated at 3% for fruits and vegetables, 2% for meat, and less than 1% for seafood and milk. While, in developing…


Knowing the fact that the cold chain is one of the ways to decrease post-harvest losses, the Government of India recently gave the green light to establish 27 new cold chain projects. However, it is important to understand that cold storages are only a small portion of the required cold chain infrastructure. There is a whole other world to cold chain than simply keeping perishables ‘cool’. It incorporates reducing the temperature and maintaining the same during transportation while taking care of capacity, warehousing, and at last retail at the rack.

There has been a huge interest in setting up cold…


The term, supply chain refers to the many links that a product goes through on the way to a customer. The efficiency of that supply chain is a function of the amount of cost and effort to move the product, and how quickly the product needs to be moved.

One of the main challenges in a supply chain is the last mile — the final leg from the distribution center to the customer. Is it better to keep larger quantities in one central location, or distribute smaller quantities closer to the customer? …


Gramodaya Trust is one of the active FPOs in Andhra Pradesh. It was a great opportunity for us to get in touch with Mr. Srinivas Chekuri, chairman of Gramodaya Trust, and get in a candid conversation about the great works of his farmer partners.

Gramodaya Trust has been one of the active FPCs. Would you like to elaborate more on this and about yourself?

Gramodaya Trust was formed in 2015 after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh with the vision to empower the farmers in the newly formed state. This was done after a thorough study of the problems, possible solutions…


IMPACT OF COVID -19 ON SHRIMP FARMING

The cascading effect of the coronavirus pandemic had a striking impact on the marine sector of India. India ranks 2nd in both fisheries and aquaculture sector and contribute around 1% of India’s GDP. In overall fisheries production, inland fisheries (aquaculture and capture fisheries) occupy 65% of the production.

Brackish water aquaculture, predominantly the farming of shellfishes, is done along the coastal line of the country. Brackish water aquaculture sector is dominated by shrimp farming, which is the economic engine of Indian aquaculture.

Farmed shrimp production is about 7 lakh tonnes in 2019 of…


The frozen food market has gained immense popularity over the last few years owing to the changing food preferences among millennials. The active lifestyle of this generation demands easy to cook ready food that saves time while preserving the nutrient factor. This is where the frozen food market has created their customer base with its convenient and nutritious food items. Advance in biotechnology has propelled the discovery of innovative and customized food chains that meet the current expectations of customers. …


Fisheries in India is an important sector of food and nutritional security. More than nine million active fishermen depend on their catch for their livelihood. Very much like the agricultural sector, 80% of them are small scale fishermen. It employs over 14 million people and contributes to 1.1 percent of the Indian GDP.

Starting from the catch to its packaging, this industry requires a fast collaborative approach from all sectors. The process gets more complicated when fishermen have to venture deep in the sea for a better catch, which is a downturn of recent over-fishing. This entails an unbroken cold…


Today, we are living in unprecedented times where a virus has disrupted our supply chains, production, and trade. It has brought the world to a standstill. India Inc. too has stopped! At the stage where India counts for more than 20,000 people in the grip of disease and 650+ deaths across, all the incumbents, as well as emerging companies, have joined hands to fight the menace. Today, we salute and pay our tribute not only to the front-line warriors but also to the start-ups who have re-purposed their business models, products to make sure we are safe at home!

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COVID-19 crisis has brought economy on halt, reduced price of oil to -$40 per barrel (yes, that is negative, not a colon!), thrown global economy in disarray, and disrupted every human life. Are there lessons to be learned due to this pandemic? Yes. Farmers need to be educated about better agricultural practices, about different technologies available and using the digital facility for their advantage. What can the government do now that would not only benefit farmers during the current crisis but also change the landscape of farming?

Penetration of mobile network and E-Nam: There have been reports from all around…


Taking a cue from the LinkedIn post by our Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, the current pandemic and its consequent lockdown can also be seen as an opportunity and a platform for implementing ideas that have been thought of for a long time. Of the five major instruments adopted by various business models around the start-up ecosystem, a special focus can be drawn to Opportunity. This is something we have been trying to focus on through our one-week program of “Your Opinion Matters” on our social pages (LinkedIn and Facebook).

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The present pandemic can easily transform from…

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