India seeks New Zealand’s help for developing cold storages

India has sought expertise from New Zealand in development of cold storages in the country, where fruits and vegetables go waste every year due to inadequate storage infrastructure.
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar has recently said that the value of annual wastage of fruit and vegetables was estimated at € 1.6 billion. However, if the wastage value of rice, wheat, cereals and others are taken into account, it would reach up to € 5,2 billion a year.

As per estimates, there is a requirement of about 60 million tonnes of cold storage in the country against the present capacity of around 29 million tonnes.