Address: National Centre for Cold-chain Development, II-Floor, B-Wing, Janpath Bhawan, New Delhi-110001, India
The Task Force on cold chain development in India had suggested in its report to establish a National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) in India as an autonomous centre for excellence to be established as a registered society to work in close collaboration with industry and other stake holders to promote and develop integrated cold chain in India for perishable F&V and other perishable allied agri – commodities to reduce wastages and improve the gains to farmers and consumers substantially.
I. To recommend standards and protocols for cold chain infrastructure/building including post harvest management so as to harmonize with international standards and best practices and suggest mechanism for benchmarking and certification of infrastructure/building, process and services provided by cold chain industry.
II. To suggest indicative guidelines for preparation of project reports for potential investors/entrepreneurs.
III. To assess and develop appropriate IT-based management information system for the cold chain infrastructure
IV. To undertake and coordinate Research and Development (R&D) work required for development of cold chain industry in consultation with stakeholders.
V. To undertake and coordinate the task of Human Resource Development (HRD) and capacity building. It may also conduct in-house training, short-term/long courses relevant for cold chain development.
VI. To launch publicity campaign to educate the stakeholders including awareness building about the benefits of integrated cold chain.
VII. To recommend appropriate policy framework relating to development of cold chain.
VIII. To facilitate and foster the development of multi-modal transportation facilities for perishable agricultural, horticultural and allied commodities and establishment of National Green Grid Perishable Commodities.