All India Cold Chain Capacity is around 32 Million MT, while the Requirement of cold storage in the country is 35 Million MT.

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As per a study on All India Cold Chain Infrastructure Capacity (Assessment of Status & Gap) conducted by NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. (NABCONS) that was commissioned by the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) under Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare in the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the requirement of cold storage in the country is 35 million MT, while capacity of such storage is around 32 million MT.

Though the Government is not establishing such facilities on its own, it is implementing various demand driven schemes like Pradhan  Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojna (PMKSY) and Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for extending financial support for setting up of such facilities by individuals/ entities who come forward with eligible proposals as per respective scheme guidelines.

This information was given by Minister of State for M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

According to a report – Currently, India has created about 7129 cold storages of approximate size of over 32 million MT and about 10,000 actively refrigerated vehicles, the majority of which are operated by small cold storage and / or transport service providers. Thus, it is an extremely fragmented industry where critical data about technology used, capacity, installed or available, are either not available or of poor quality. Due to lack of shared information there is little scope of consolidation of the services offered and for integrating the activities into an effective cold-chain.

The global cold chain market is valued at USD 253.06 billion in 2021, and the market size is projected to reach USD 436.52 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 8.10%. The cold chain industry is growing rapidly, thanks in part to the increasing demand for medical supplies and food products that are safe and dependable.

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