Storing, Managing Remotely
Agri-logistics management is much easier with technology. The Sohan Lal Commodity Management’s business model could play a crucial role in resolving India’s food grain storage problems. The country incurs losses to the tune of Rs 80,000 crores each year due to storage problems alone.
Sandeep Sabharwal’s fancy office in Moti Nagar, New Delhi, hardly reflects his company’s core line of business — warehouse management — in the traditional sense.
With dozens of youngsters glued to their desktops across the office, the ambience of Sohan Lal Commodity Management’s (SLCM) corporate office is more of a business process outsourcing (BPO) unit than an agri-logistics solutions provider. An exception perhaps, is a quality testing laboratory, tucked away in a corner, with shelves full of sealed commodity samples from warehouses the company manages across the country.
The government has taken several steps to improve post-harvest management practices
- Creation of marketing infrastructure projects like cleaning, grading, standardization, quality certification, warehouses, agribusiness, etc., to reduce post-harvest losses at various stages of marketing functions
- Encouraging the private sector to invest in post-harvest infrastructure nearer to farmers’ field through reforms in the agricultural marketing sector
- The Indian Council of Agricultural Research and state agricultural universities have developed a number of post-harvest equipment and technologies to check post-harvest losses, and they also train farmers to use them
- The National Institutes of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur and Krishi Vigyan Kendras also impart training to stakeholders on skill development and adoption of better post-harvest management practices.
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