Clockwork – What GOI’s NAM (National Agriculture Market) can learn from Dutch Clock Auction Houses of 90s.

Recognizing that efficient terminal horticulture markets would stimulate productivity, raise quality standards, reduce losses and ensure consumer access to an increasing supply of fresh horticultural produce at reasonable prices, in 1998, the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, requested the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to study and formulate a detailed implementable project for fruit and vegetable marketing. Same year, a three member team from NDDB (me, a supply chain expert),

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Sourcing of Fruit & Vegetables – Let’s put first things first

Decades back, when I was taking strategic sourcing decisions for large corporates, I was often told by top managers that what’s the big deal about purchasing fruit and vegetables, even kids can do it. Housewives do it day in day out. I used to get offended by such caustic, casual and derogatory remarks, but I always kept my cool but did contemplate later on. Is f+v procurement job so easy and inconsequential? Time passed by,

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विश्व भर के मधुमेह रोगी मोंक फ्रूट (भिक्षु फलों) के पीछे क्यों पड़े हुए हैं?

मधुमेह अर्थात डायबिटीज, संसार में सबसे खतरनाक बीमारियों में से एक हैं, जिसे सबसे सामान्य रूप से साइलेंट किलर के नाम से संबोधित किया जाता है। इसके अनेकों उप-उत्पाद रोग है और इसके कारण अनेकों प्रकार की गंभीर व्याधियाँ उत्पन्न हो सकती है, जिसमें दिल और गुर्दे का रोग, नेत्र से जुड़ी जटिलताएँ, दंत रोग, त्वचा और पैर की समस्याएँ शामिल हैं। परंतु सबसे गंभीर बात जो मधुमेह रोगियों को मनोवैज्ञानिक रूप से प्रभावित करती

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Why diabetics across the World are going gaga over Monk Fruit?

Diabetes, one of the most dreaded diseases in the world, is most commonly referred as the Silent Killer. It has several by-product diseases and can cause serious ailments which include heart and kidney diseases, eye complications, dental diseases, skin and foot problems. But the most serious thing which affects the diabetics psychologically is the restriction to consume sugar in their food. Although there have been several artificial  replacements devised, how would you feel if someone

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पूरी तरह से फलों और सब्जियों को समर्पित एक टीवी चैनल दुनिया भर में हिट होगी, राईट?

पूरी तरह से फलों और सब्जियों को समर्पित एक टीवी चैनल दुनिया भर में हिट होगी, राईट? इसकी शुरूआत तब हुई जब कुछ चैनलों पर कुकिंग से संबंधित चुनिंदा शो लोकप्रिय होने लगे।  बाद में, कुकिंग से समर्पित टीवी चैनल अत्यंत हिट हुए।  यूट्यूब पर अनेकों संबंधित चैनल हजारों-हजार की संख्या में सदस्य बनाने में सफल रहें और उनके कुकिंग विडियो को लाखों लोगों ने देखा।  क्या आपको कभी आश्चर्य हुआ कि पूरी तरह से

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A TV channel solely devoted to the cause of Fruits & Vegetables would be a Worldwide hit, Right?

It all began when selective TV shows for cooking on some channels started gaining popularity. Later on, dedicated TV channels for cooking turned out to be massive hits. A lot of related channels on Youtube have attained lakhs of subscribers and millions of video views. Ever wondered how would it be like to have a channel solely devoted to the cause of fruits and vegetables? इसकी शुरूआत तब हुई जब कुछ चैनलों पर कुकिंग से

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एवोकैडो – परेशानी किस बात की है और किस प्रकार आप स्वयं की एवोकैडो खेती आरंभ कर सकते हैं !

एवोकैडो या बट्टर फ्रूट वस्तुतः स्वास्थ्यवर्धक होते हैं और आजकल प्रचलन में हैं। यह अत्यधिक पौष्टिक होते हैं, इसमें केले से अधिक पोटेशियम होता है, और थोड़ा सी स्वास्थ्यवर्धक वसा, बहुत अधिक मात्र में  रेशा और भी बहुत कुछ।लेटिन और दक्षिण अमरीका के पकवानो में, एवोकैडो बहुत से व्यंजनों में प्रयोग किए जाते हैं: इनमें कुछेक व्यंजन हैं :  गुयाकमोले, टोमेटिल्लो सूप, चिपोतले चिलीस और चोरीज़ों ब्रेकफ़ास्टस। भारतीय, हाल ही में इस फल से बनाए

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Avocados – What’s all the fuss about and how you can start your own Avocado farm!

Avocados or Butter fruits are really healthy and they’re all the rage nowadays. They are extremely nutritious, have more potassium that banana, and have the healthy kind of fats, loads of fiber and much more.In Latin and South American cuisines, avocados feature in several recipes: Guacamole, tomatillo soup, chipotle chilies and chorizo breakfasts, to name a few. Indians, however, have only recently became aware of the fruit’s culinary and marketing potential in savory shakes, dishes

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Wastage is a good business – Invest your onions… a thought for food for those who grow food for us.

Few days back I participated in a big debate on impact of FDI in retail on cold chain infrastructure in India. A specialty magazine for the distribution and logistics scene in India had organized this debate at one of the chambers of commerce in India. Three gentlemen including a self-proclaimed cold chain specialist, an omnipresent agribusiness consultant, a retired CMD of a nationalized bank, apart from yours truly, debated on the subject which was moderated

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What FPOs and farmers’ Coops can learn from Mandies – 7 important learnings from a brief case study on Onion Trade in Maharashtra.

Non availability of economic loads at farm location. – Availability of onion is widely scattered in Maharashtra. Land holding of onion growers is very less. Most of the farmers own less than 1.5 acre land and due to unfavorable weather conditions even one vehicle of 15 MT is not available with a single farmer field at a given time. Non-availability of full truck load of fresh onions at a farm has led to concentration of

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