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The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management :
Post-Harvest Losses and Wastage in Indian Fresh Agro Supply Chain Industry: A Challenge
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India has been gifted with a broad range of climatic and physio-geographical conditions which is most suitable for growing various kinds of agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, spices and plantation crops (coconut, cashew nut and cocoa). This has provided various opportunities for an entire agricultural sector like horticulture and floriculture. Growth of horticultural crops in India in terms of production has increased as compared to the scenario in the past. The area under horticultural crops increased from 15.14 million ha in 2001-02 to 24.19 million ha in 2013-14 with a corresponding increase in production from 145.78 million tons to 277.35 million tons as per Figure 1. Thus there has been a robust growth observed in area (around 60%) and production (around 80%) during 2001-2014. It is revealed from the trend that horticulture sector is expected to play a dominant role in the overall development of agriculture in the country in the coming years.

change in the composition of agriculture has led to a diversification of Indian agriculture into horticulture as the horticulture sector share increased from 16% to 20% during 1990-2010 (ASSOCHAM, 2013).

 
 
 

India has been gifted with a broad range of climatic and physio-geographical conditions which is most suitable for growing various kinds of agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, spices and plantation crops (coconut, cashew nut and cocoa). This has provided various opportunities for an entire agricultural sector like horticulture and floriculture. Growth of horticultural crops in India in terms of production has increased as compared to the scenario in the past. The area under horticultural crops increased from 15.14 million ha in 2001-02 to 24.19 million ha in 2013-14 with a corresponding increase in production from 145.78 million tons to 277.35 million tons as per Figure 1. Thus there has been a robust growth observed in area (around 60%) and production (around 80%) during 2001-2014. It is revealed from the trend that horticulture sector is expected to play a dominant role in the overall development of agriculture in the country in the coming years.

Structural change in the composition of agriculture has led to a diversification of Indian agriculture into horticulture as the horticulture sector share increased from 16% to 20% during 1990-2010 (ASSOCHAM, 2013).

 
 
 

Supply Chain Management Journal, Fruits and Vegetable Sector Production Status, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Losses and Wastage at Different Stages