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The kind of gap which exists between the requirement of cold chains in this country and their actual availability is huge and its no secret to anybody. You have National Horticulture Board (NHB) which has been working in the direction to reduce this gap for quite sometime and in all fairness some obersvers do believe that it has been doing a good job. But now you have formed a dedicated agency – National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD). I would like to understand the precise agenda of this body. How it is going to be different from what you have been doing under National Horticulture Mission? Horticulture Mission has primarily been a centrally sponsored scheme to provide assistance to different kinds of stakeholders in horticulture business

including cold chain and cold storages. NCCD is primarily a regulatory body which will be providing standards and protocols in India to the cold storage and related infrastructure which is not available till now. The second issue is what kind of standards Indian cold chain should have? The basic idea is: the standards set by us should result in consumer friendly and suitable to agro-climatic conditions of the country. To achieve this objective, we would be initiating a certification and accredition programme. We need to ascertain that operators follow right maintenance standards even after getting the initial certification. So there should be an accreditation process, a 3-star to 5-star grading kind of system. NCCD will also be looking

into the human resource development concerns. We have been interacting with stakeholders in the industry and there seems to be problems galore on the HR front – both in quantitative and qualitative sense. Just to cite a small example, we have been told that reefer van drivers stops his engines when he goes for his lunch and dinner. But the LOGISTICS TIMES November 2012

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