Setting up Cold Storage Facilities in Jadavpur, West Bengal
More than 90% of the farmers in Baruipurare are small and marginal farmers. These farmers sold their produce in the local market or to middlemen in the area, realising very low prices. Around 25,000-30,000 small and marginal farmers in the block had no access to cold chain facilities. In absence of cold storage facilities, these farmers often engaged in post-harvest distress selling.
500 farmers directly benefitted. The wastage of fruits and vegetables came down by 8- 10% and access to cold storage facilities provided farmers with additional bargaining power. This helped them earn a price 10-15% higher than what they were previously earning.