Bridging the gap between production and post-harvest technology: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, July 23, 2016: One of the major deficiencies of our agricultural situation is the gap between production and post-harvest technology. It is therefore a good sign that companies like ITC Ltd are planning to invest in ‘state of the art’ cold chains particularly for horticulture crops. Thanks to the National Horticulture Mission, our farmers will be producing nearly 300 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in a year or two. Therefore we will need extensive facilities for post-harvest management. Amul Dairy is a good example of the value of an end-to-end approach in farm produce. My congratulations go to Shri Y C Deveshwar for the contributions ITC is making and is planning to make in the field of agriculture, food and medicinal plants. I hope this will stimulate similar action by members of public, private and cooperative sector.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.