Resolving Supply chain problems to strengthen the roots of Indian agriculture
Progressive Grocer|June 2021
MORE THAN OTHER SECTORS, AGRICULTURE DEPENDS ON A FUNCTIONAL LOGISTICS SYSTEM. WITHOUT A ROBUST AND EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE FRESH AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE ON THE SHELVES OF GROCERY STORES.
Shobhit Gupta

Agriculture employs around half of India’s workforce and uses three-fourths of the country’s freshwater resources. However, it contributes only one-sixth of the country’s GDP. This is because most agricultural production comes from small family farmers who do not have the capacity, scale or necessary technical support to increase efficiency. The convoluted and unorganised system of supply chains and a deficient infrastructure of marketing for agricultural products also play an important part in holding back the sector.

More than other sectors, agriculture depends on a functional logistics system. Without a robust and efficient supply chain, it is impossible to imagine fresh agricultural produce on the shelves of grocery stores. These supply chains have been evolving over the years but a lot of work still needs to be done by stakeholders to have a modern seamless agricultural network in the country.

Supply chain challenges faced by the Indian agriculture industry

Poor management of Agriculture Supply Chain

India is the largest producer of fruits and the second-largest producer of vegetables in the world. Despite this, the market availability of quality fruits and vegetables is quite low due to the lack of appropriate facilities for transportation and storage.

Lack of Infrastructure and storage facilities, specially at the farm level

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