British experts are in Delhi, Haryana and Hyderabad working out the most effective way of helping farmers to increase economic wellbeing by making the most of improved crop post-harvest management and clean, sustainable chilled distribution systems.
Half of India’s employment depends on agriculture. Prime Minister Modi has stated his vision for doubling farmers’ income to set forth a strategic direction for future development. Agri-logistics is a vital component in the Government of India’s farm income strategy.
Indian State Governments plan to set up a series of Integrated Pack Houses aggregating and linking clusters of smallholder farmers to markets by refrigerated transport links that use energy efficient and sustainable technologies - reducing food loss and decreasing the amount of wasted produce.
The Government of India is keen to develop projects, including joint collaborative research, that can demonstrate innovative, sustainable technologies for pack House Management and cold-chain solutions. Haryana State Government, for example, is planning to create more than 350 Pack houses in the state whilst the Government of India is targeting 22,000 new agri-processing and logistics hubs.
In partnership with the British High Commission in India and the Agri-Tech sector team at the Department for International Trade, British experts are developing a plan for a UK India collaboration for the first of a kind ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Haryana to support roll-out of sustainable post-harvest management and cooling at scale in India.
Led by experts from the newly formed Centre for Sustainable Cooling at the University of Birmingham, the UK team also includes academics from Cranfield University, London South Bank University, University of Greenwich and NIAB East Malling Research as well as industry experts including Martin Lishman.