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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.
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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.