Abstract: The storage and marketing facilities in agricultural sector have imperative linkages, which in turn, cares farmers & traders to gain more from their agricultural trade. Providing appropriate storage and value adding facilities for food grains/fruits/vegetables/fisheries/poultries/other-farm-produces is emerging as a giant issue for farm engineers, managers, environmentalists, growers, buyers and also the policy planners. Apart from ensuring grading, cleaning and packaging facilities at farm gate; the timely bringing of agricultural products to market, happens to be a vital & sensitive issue, which invites serious concern towards good governance and effectual strategic interventions on several key aspects. It includes storage, material handling, logistic, marketing infrastructure, communications, smart information, and many environmental considerations; to fetch best possible and balanced profits for growers, suppliers, and buyers with reduced risks & uncertainties. Realizing vast production potential of massive crops & commodities, and being top ranker in world, Indian agriculture has arrived at cross roads, where above described anxieties have gained very high impetus to indorse smarter and profitable cultivation/trading. At this juncture, agrarian warehousing is emerging as a subtle & imperative linkage, to support farmers & traders for securing optimum connectivity among storage and marketing facets of their trade/business. Present paper is focused towards plethora of such issues, which are reviewed, realized and researched to retrieve realistic inferences on strengths, weaknesses and futuristic potential for enriching agrarian warehousing sector in the country. Comprehensive sets of secondary data/observations are placid & analysed, offering valued food for thought for desirable schedules/plans from engineering, managerial, environmental, market, and policy points of concerns. It encompasses updated information & inferences on prevailing status & types of agrarian warehouses, their shortcomings/potentials/opportunities with probable discretionary rectifications/ modifications. It also touches the role of innovative enviro-friendly technological options (green materials during construction, greener supply chains, energy savings, other environmental dimensions) during construction, operation & maintenance of warehouses & logistic essentials, to achieve superlative transformations of Indian warehousing & marketing sector.

Keywords: Warehouses, Cold Storage, Policy, Negotiable Warehouse Receipts, Logistic

PDF | DOI: 10.17148/IARJSET.2018.5113

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