The President IDA delivers a lecture at the Workshop on Food Supply Chain at Chandigarh

THE CENTRE FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS (Global Value Chains Research Group) Monash University, Australia in partnership with University of Lincoln, IFFCO, Punjab Agricultural University and Sangha Innovation Centre organized a two-day Workshop at CII, Chandigarh on 18 and 19 February, 2019.

Dr. G.S. Rajorhia, President of IDA, was invited to deliver the talk on modern milk supply management system followed by the stake-holders specially those AMUL dairy plants functioning under GCMMF. The participants were of the view that the model evolved by Indian Dairy Industry is an example of excellence for adoption by all stake holders in the supply chain management.

The Workshop found that there has been limited change or innovation in improving food supply chains in India which suffer from lack of infrastructure such as warehousing, logistics transportation, traceability, food processing facilities and inappropriate supply chain.

Substantial amount of waste of agricultural produce takes place in the food supply chain more so in the area of fruits vegetable production. A collaboration research programme should be developed to improve the situation. A very significant problem that farmers face is related to water and electricity shortage combined with high cost of inputs such as seed, pesticides, fuel and labour. The workshop realized that there is a clear need to improve the productivity and enhance the effectiveness of food supply chains by adopting modern technologies and management practices. The recommendations of the Workshop will be published in later issue of Indian Dairyman.

At this workshop, IDA was requested to lead a research group to develop and optimize a suitable model to address the challenges faced in food supply system. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Rod Hilton, Dy. High Commissioner of Australia, based in New Delhi, India. He has evinced keen interest in the activities of IDA and desired to visit IDA for discussing future collaborative programmes.