Integrated Cold Chain Availability Platform is envisaged to be a national database that enables active linkage between multiple cold-chain assets across owners, promoting integration of use though collaboration. It is a joint effort of various institutions like National Horticulture Board, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and National Centre for Cold-chain Development.
India is the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Inspite of it, the per capita market availability of fruits and vegetables in our country is quite low due to lack of appropriate facilities of transportation and storage. It is also frequently estimated that about 25% to 30% of produce, especially fruits and vegetables are wasted. Once originating into the cold-chain, the quality of a sizable quantity of produce also deteriorates en-route till the time it reaches the consumer.
The integration of Farm-gate modern pack-houses, cold storages and reefer transportation, to be used in combination, is therefore essential for extending the usable life of the produce. The use of the extended life span is to make them available to a larger consumer base over a longer period of time.
Currently, India has created about 7129 cold storages of approximate size of over 32 million MT and about 10,000 actively refrigerated vehicles, the majority of which are operated by small cold storage and / or transport service providers. Thus, it is an extremely fragmented industry where critical data about technology used, capacity, installed or available, are either not available or of poor quality. Due to lack of shared information there is little scope of consolidation of the services offered and for integrating the activities into an effective cold-chain.
The Integrated Cold Chain Availability Platform will hence facilitate access to impartial information on integrated cold chain capacities and movement of goods.
The intended users include cold-chain asset owners, Farm producers, processors, retailers, government agencies.