India Cold Chain Seminar: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NAFTC and FoodTechHolland
On March 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Agro, Food & Technology Centre (NAFTC) and Larive International (FoodTechHolland) jointly organize a seminar on the Cold Chain sector in India.
The development of a professional cold chain is a major challenge for India. A large share of India’s fruits and vegetables production gets wasted due to insufficient cold chain infrastructure which includes both storage and transportation facilities. The changing consumer preferences, upcoming retail and foodservice industry as well as a growing awareness to prevent food waste, indicate a significant growth potential for the cold chain industry in India. This development is supported by Indian (local) governments and its Ministry for Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and opens several opportunities for Dutch companies.
The seminar will be opened by Mr. Wouter Verhey, Agricultural Counselor at the Dutch embassy in India. Following, Mr. Pawanexh Kohli, CEO and Chief Advisor of the National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD) will present his latest research report on the capacity of the cold chain sector. The second speaker is Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Sr. Vice President Cargo of Jet Airways India ltd. Recently, Jet Airways selected Amsterdam Schiphol airport to be its European gateway and during this seminar Mr. Kumar will discuss on the possible opportunities of linking cold chain systems by air cargo. During a panel disucussion several Dutch entrepreneurs will share their experiences and view on the developments in India.