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PHD Chamber to host cold chain outreach awareness programme in Gangtok
Tuesday, 21 March, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise a day-long Outreach Awareness Programme on Cold Chain at Hotel Tarayana Grand (near Chandmari Road), Dicheling, Gangtok, Sikkim on March 24, 2017. The event will commence at 10am. A host of policymakers, industry representatives and other relevant stakeholders will participate in it to establish cold chains in the north-eastern part of India, and particularly in Sikkim.
At the programme, local issues and their relevance, including the consequences and possibilities of setting up a series of cold chains to prevent the wastage of food, fruit, vegetables and the like, will be deliberated upon. Also on the agenda is the connection of cold chains in Sikkim with other prevailing cold chains in and around the country.
Gopal Jiwarajka, president, PHD Chamber, said, “The north-east being of critical significance, the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, including the Chamber, are of the view that huge possibilities exist in the region, and particularly in Sikkim, to set up a series of cold chains, as these would engage the produce of the farmers of this part of India as well as create additional employment opportunities for its youth.”
“It is in this backdrop that the event is being organised. It would lead to exploring the potential of the north-east and get its economic activities connected with the rest of India because of the potential that needs to be realised without any further delay,” he added.
Ranjeet Mehta, director, PHD Chamber, and the organiser of the event, said, “Policy makers at the Central and state levels, including representatives of industry, would assemble to extensively discuss the possibilities for a series of cold chains in this part of the country for its overall economic uplift.”
He added that this programme was an initiative of the ministry of agriculture’s National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD).
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