India calls on Tesco to reform farming industry

May 19th, 2009 - 4:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Rahul Gandhi Mumbai, May 19 (ANI): British retailing giant Tesco may be called in to help India modernise its farming industry in the wake of the Congress Party victory in the country’s general election. According to The Telegraph, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has suggested that the expertise of Western retailers in modern sourcing and storage systems must be introduced to aid Indian farmers.

A Tesco spokesman expressed its interest in working with the project.

“We would strongly welcome any steps by the government to improve infrastructure and create a solid, good quality supply chain,” the paper quoted a Tesco spokesperson, as saying.

“We are already helping to educate farmers in terms of food safety and hygiene, but better roads and refrigeration techniques will increase choice of products, hygiene and freshness and also help the export market. We are still learning a lot about India and the market, but we are hoping to expand and will launch our first cash and carry outlet in the (Mumbai) area next year,” he added. (ANI)

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