Jul 29, 2017

Indian Railways to develop Cold Storage Warehouse for o­nion at Lasalgaon near Nashik

Hon'ble Minister of Railways & Chief Minister of Maharashtra to lay foundation stone
Major benefit to farmers due to reduction in spoilages by 35%.
Indian Railways’ PSU CONCOR (Container Corporation of India ltd.) is developing a cold store at Lasalgaon near Nashik for storage of o­nions and other perishable produce.  This cold storage will have a total capacity of 2500 MT out of which 1500 MT will be exclusively utilised for o­nion storage and remaining for other perishable commodities such as fruits & vegetables. This cold storage will be a boon for the farmers of the area, especially the o­nion farmers of this region. The foundation stone for the cold storage will be laid by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister of Railways & Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra o­n 30th July, 2017.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, W. Rly, the cold storage by Indian Railways is being set up o­n CSR model by CONCOR at a cost of Rs. 5 crores.  The cold storage will be maintained by Lasalgaon, Vibhag Coopertive Purchase & Sale Union Ltd., Railways is a major transporter for o­nion and plays a key role in timely transportation of o­nion to various consumer market from producer states.  To reduce the spoilages, Indian Railways allots the rakes/ wagons o­n priority basis wherever possible for carriage of o­nion.  Going a step further, Indian Railways has now steered into the areas of providing storage facility to the farmers and the cold storage at Lasalgaon will be a boon to the farmers of not o­nly Nashik & Lasalgaon, but also of nearby areas of Jalgaon, Mamad, Dhule,etc. 
The climatic conditions largely affect the o­nion growing areas thereby leading to fluctuations in farm produce. The bumper production needs to be properly stored to stabilse supply during scarcity. The conventional methods lead to losses exceeding 35% depending o­n the weather conditions.  The losses are thus national loss as the input cost increases. The cold storage will help in increasing the post storage life of o­nions & they can be even sent to remote locations. The labour cost is reduced to a great extent as there is no need for turning around the o­nions as required in conventional storage.  There is direct saving of material cost and farming cost due to saving in weight and spoilage losses. Maharashtra being 33% contributor to the national o­nion production needs quality storage options.