Cabinet nod for cold chain centre as society (Lead, Superseding earlier story)

February 9th, 2012 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The cabinet Thursday approved the status of a registered society for the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD), which provides cold storage facilities to perishables.

India is the second largest producer of horticulture commodities such as fruits, vegetables and flowers in the world.

It produced 71.5 million tonnes (MT) of fruits, 133.7 MT of vegetables and 17.8 MT of other commodities like flowers, spices, coconut, cashew, mushroom and honey.

A significant percentage of this is wasted due to lack of cold chain facilities.

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