Transportation & Logistics

Reversing food supply chain fragilities

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  1. Well expressed Shiraj. Covid has brought out unimaginable disruption in market place. Need of the hour Is to allow APMCs to operate with minimum interference save health related-imposition of social distancing sanitization etc. APMCs have established grading and payment systems in place .

    Road and bulk rail transport should be opened cross country which will facilitate transportation of harvests to warehouses and to some extent labour movement at the same time if proper rules of manpower movement on trucks is implemented .Labour will not walk downtown on foot this time. Time not ripe to enforce eNAM at this time. Digital driven local distribution is not yet mature except in Metros . In testing time like these local kirana stores have scored over E-commerce. Facebook tie up with Geo could be game changer , but we have to wait till it evolves.

    We are linked with large number of farmers on one to one basis. Local deliveries have evolved with farmers driving with products to local Residencial area risking police action and from obvious danger from Corona . But as you said margins or hunger outweigh the risk ; particularly when you are faced with crop perishing in fields .

    Lockdowns need to be more pragmatic. I sure there is knowledgeable management at helm must be judging pros an cons

    From all accounts Covid cure is not in sight. Agricuture cannot wait

  2. Very well stated the Govt. Needs to allow all Warehouse Service Providers to operated through Private mandis/procurement centers. Major APMC mandis to be aligned with smaller ones and they with licensed Warehouses.

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