India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables, second-highest producer of milk, fifth- largest producer of eggs and sixth in fish in the world. But, unfortunately, it has an erratic produce-supply chain that leads to a lot of wastage.
In India, fresh produce worth Rs 133 billion is wasted each year due to inadequate cold storage facilities and refrigerated distribution.
The major obstacles faced by Indian food supply chain include perishable nature of food items, shorter shelf life, food safety, and regulatory requirements, which require strict monitoring of FEFO (first expired, first out) so that products reaching the consumers are fit for consumption.
Enterprises dealing in fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain have to deal with particular aspects, like sustainability, global sourcing, quality preservation and the optimisation of efficiency in their logistic strategies. … (read more)