by Liz White, UT/ editor
India wastes over 5 million tonnes of food a year, or about 30 percent of its production. This is because the availability of cold storage facilities in India is “dramatically small still,” said Joe Brash managing director of Kingspan Insulated Panels for Central Europe, Middle East and India.
The ‘cold chain’ connecting farmers to their markets is almost non-existent. India, with a population of 1200 million, has a cold-store market comparable in size to that in Germany, where the population is only 81.5 million.
But the chain, “will not grow quickly without government regulation and intervention…I think the PU lobby and Kingspan…are important to push that regulation,” Brash added, in a presentation during the PU TECH 2011 event in Greater Noida.
The market in India for PlR (polyisocyanurate) panels will grow massively, as a more affluent population wants better quality and variety of products, Brash said. Solutions are available to deal with food waste, both in terms of better storage, via insulated cooling facilities, and better transport using refrigerated lorries. He feels the Indian government must provide incentives for investors at every level.
And if this is done, then within five years the market for cold store panels could be 3·4 times as big as it is today, Brash commented.
Discussing the need for lobbying in a separate interview, Brash said this is time consuming, and the association needs a full time lobbyist to promote…