HT reported that the study was conducted by Ciphet, the farm ministry’s harvest-research body. It was done to update findings two years ago that revealed enormous levels of food being chucked along the supply chain.
Fruits, vegetables and pulses are wasted the most as they are prone to rotting. Study says that gluts, pests, weather and lack of modern storage are the other reasons for wastage.
“Lower supplies raise inflation and hurt the economy by reducing farmers’ returns on investments,” Amit Vyas, an economist with GB Pant Institute, told HT.
After harvest, produce goes through a series of operations, from farm to market. “Each operation and handling stage results in some losses. Thus a huge quantity of agricultural production is reduced from the food chain,” the study observed. It recommends on-farm training and cold-storage investments, which are cheaply available, but underutilised.