Ashok Dalwai, chairman, Committee on Doubling of Farmers’ Incomes, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India, has bagged the Exemplary Thought Leadership Award 2018 at the 10th essay of the Danfoss-Indian Cold Chain (ICE) Awards, which took place at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre recently.
The objective of the annual event, presented by Danfoss India, an industry leader in energy efficient solutions, in association with Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) India, was to recognise and reward excellence in the Indian cold chain industry that has been integral to realising the Government of India’s vision to transform the country as the food factory of the world.
Under his chairmanship, the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Incomes, has brought about a paradigm shift in how the agriculture is understood and has positioned agri-logistics, including cold chain, as the backbone of the agricultural system.
Dalwai has not only contributed immensely to the field of agricultural economics, but has played a vital role in redefining various concepts relating to agriculture and bringing the human factor to the fore.
The ceremony was attended by Mahendra Swaroop, president, Federation of Cold Storages Association of India; Pawanexh Kohli, chief executive officer and chief advisor, National Centre for Cold-chain Development; Nagendra Rao Gubba, president, Chamber of Cold Storages Industry, Telangana; Atul Khanna, director, ICE, and Anuraaga Chandra, director, cooling, Danfoss India.
The various Danfoss–ICE Awards were presented for achievements and contributions to the industry in terms of adoption and innovation of newer technologies that help in strengthening the cold chain infrastructure in the country that is integral to increasing the value proposition of food and reducing food wastage in the journey from farm to fork.
The recognition of the Danfoss–ICE Awards 2018 was bestowed upon Deesa Cold Storage Association that bagged the Danfoss-ICE Best Progressive Association award 2018, while RINAC India Ltd won the Danfoss-ICE Manufacturer of the Year Award. Danfoss-ICE Energy Efficient Facility 2018 Award was jointly shared by Kool Solutions India and Ananda Foods.
Sana Masood won the Danfoss-ICE Women Achievers’ Award, while Eggway International Asia Pvt Ltd bagged the Danfoss-ICE Processing Unit of the Year Award and Sical Logistics was recognised by Danfoss-ICE Cold Chain Logistics Provider Award 2018.
Citizen Welfare Society, Prakasam District, was awarded the Danfoss-ICE Progressive Farmer Producer Organisation Award 2018. Vivek Savla – Savla Foods and Cold Storage Pvt Ltd won the Danfoss-ICE GenEx Award 2018.
Vasudevappa C, vice-chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) and Sandeep Tandon, on behalf of UNIDO, were presented with Danfoss-ICE Special Certificates of Honour.
Every year, nominations are drawn from all over the country, where several cold chain industry professionals from Indian organisations with relevant technical expertise, competence, experience and exposure to global cold chain standards and practices participate in the awards.
Danfoss ICE Awards has had a fruitful journey from its inception in 2009, when the first of its cold chain awards was conceptualized in India, till date. Danfoss, GCCA and ICE have worked with NCCD and the industry through this memorable journey.
This has been captured in a coffee table book that was unveiled at the award night. This book is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of all those winners, the best of the last decade of the Danfoss ICE Awards, who have helped in transforming the cold chain industry in India.
Given the increasing pace of urbanisation, major problems exist with respect to food safety as well as quantitative and qualitative losses, owing largely to inadequate rural electrification, low levels of organisation and limited knowledge of smallholders about quality management through temperature management and good handling practice.The resulting losses negatively impact food security, nutrition and incomes of smallholders, while increasing the cost of food for low income consumers.
The development of appropriate cold chain systems (including low emission, renewable energy, new technologies) from farm to market, holds considerable potential for enhancing the safety, quality and shelf life of perishables, while increasing returns to producers.
It is against this backdrop that Danfoss, along with GCCA and ICE, instituted the Danfoss ICE Awards to specifically identify and showcase the best practices and excellence in cold chain to others.
Over the years, several entrepreneurs, business model innovators, farmers, consultants and more have been awarded. And now, they are acting as change agents of this important sunrise industry, which is believed to be the next big job creator for India.
Speaking on the occasion, Chandra, director, cooling, Danfoss India, said, “While India’s agricultural output has grown five times in the last 60 years, the agricultural sector accounts for a mere 17.9 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which stresses the need for the government and industries to invest in skill development and capacity building across the food infrastructure to reap the benefits of our hard-working farmers.”
“Through our association with ICE and GCCA, we believe that the awardees can be taken as an inspiration to create new business models that can transform India’s profitability story by doubling farmers’ incomes and making India the food factory of the world,” he added.