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Enormously nutritious, super vibrant, colorful yet micro – None other than MICROGREENS!

Ever wondered what exactly are the leaves and tiny herbs that connoisseurs of fine dining relish at the top of their salads and dishes nowadays? Does names such as Rocket leaves, pak choi, basil, celery, fava bean, mesclum leaves, Asian baby leaves and so on amaze you? Well these are something really fascinating – as the title suggests – nutritious, super vibrant and yet tiny plants – the Microgreens! Let’s dive deeper into Microgreens: Microgreens

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Farmer’s sigh of relief: Aerial spray-boxes hit the farms

It would be unjust to call today’s farmer technologically challenged. With the newest technology hitting India, we are sure to witness a revolution that would completely modernize the present day agricultural practices. With so many technological innovations, the Indian farmer is now able to see an intriguing future, promising higher yields, reduction in cost and labor and overall efficiency per se. The unmanned drones which have just made their way into the Indian lands, are

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Barriers To Growth Of Cold Chain Industry In India

Cold storage reduces the rate of biochemical changes in fresh foods and also slows down the growth of contaminating micro-organisms. The reason for storing perishables in a cold store is therefore to extend their life beyond the harvest season. This may be because they can achieve a higher sale price out of season or for food security reasons. The paradox called India – Incredible India – is not unconcerned about shelf life extension, higher price

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Fresh Retailer’s Dilemma

Some one has said….. ‘The concept ‘fresh’ is in the limelight. One often asks, for example, what is considered fresh and what not. ‘Fresh’ is a multi-faceted concept. To the retailer, fresh is a product segment, while it actually also connotes quality. In logistics, fresh has a uniform message: a fresh product is perishable. It is this that makes the work of a fresh products purchaser for a retailer so special. The purchaser has to

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Fresh Retailer’s Dilemma Continues…

At its core, fresh retailer’s dilemma (read freshness / wastage predicament) is an inventory management issue. But is it only a supply chain problem? What about impact of merchandising – their planograms, displays, promos and Store operations? What about procurement department which has to lift committed quantities oblivious of front end needs? What about logistics which has to honor vehicle movement restrictions put by city administrators? What about loss prevention (ironically responsible for reducing shrink)

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Why the onion trade is in hands of traders and not the farmers?

Why the onion trade (for that matter any agri commodity) is in hands of traders not farmers? ‘Direct Marketing’ to those uninitiated souls who are yet to navigate agricultural marketing Indian jungle called APMC. A case study with Maharashtra as an example. Non-availability of economic loads at farm location – Availability of onion is widely scattered in Maharashtra for instance. Land holding of onion growers is very less. Most of the farmers own less land and

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A Retailer visits few supermarkets last Sunday

After spending 30 plus years with India’s pioneer retailers, buying and / or selling food stuff for them, ‘retailer’ or a ‘food value chain practitioner’ tag is what I like most when I think of addressing myself. This surely reveals identity of the retailer in title of this post. So the retailer visits a neighboring mall, this time to buy stuff, a rare occurrence as almost all his shopping is done by his wife. It

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How FDI in retail shall impact supply chain services and logistics in India

Ongoing debate notwithstanding, cabinet has given a much awaited nod to increase in FDI in retail – 51% in multi brand and 100% in single brand. For common man, this means that there will be more malls and for the informed it means India could soon have the likes of Tesco, Ikea, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Starbucks, Carrefour, etc setting shops in India. Viva la consumerism! This decision shall surely impact logistics and supply chain services,

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Greed is good – Invest your Onions – “Notes from the Onion Underground”

In the wake of onion crisis we were commissioned by a client to study all major onion markets all across India and come up with the genesis of crisis, particularly with regard to identification of competition issues. Since the subject was of prime importance, your humble self took special interest in visiting some of the important the markets for discussions with various stakeholders, including the Govt. and quasi Govt. organizations across the whole value chain.

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Buyers, sellers and Brokers of Agri produce with the best information shall ultimately make best decisions and make the most money.

  Advances in information technology have generated enormous efficiencies in many industries, including retail, hospitality, transportation, communications, entertainment, manufacturing and financial services. Yet in marketing of agricultural produce, the largest industry of them all, innovation has lagged as growers, traders, agents, brokers, warehouse operators, logistics service providers, experts, and input suppliers have been slow to adopt new technologies. This is because agriculture in general and marketing of agriculture produce in particular is often considered a

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