aug 31, 2006
the ITC echaupals were the first example of change and disintermediation that in theory would help the producer at the start of the supply chain.
now other big players are getting into the business
(thanks to reader kapidhwaja for the pointer)
i believe in the long run we'll all wonder how blind nehruvians had been to the potential of india's agribusiness, with their grandiose plans for heavy industry which made no sense at all.
agriculture is going to be india's savior, not grimy factories. nor, alas, masses of technorobots in bpos.
biotechnology, herbs for ayurveda, indigenous plantation crops, ... the list is endless.
we need to provide irrigation and proper refrigeration, processing and distribution mechanisms. india will be the equivalent of america and australia and canada in its productivity.
as it is, india is the world's largest producer of fruits and the second largest producer of vegetables, but much of it is lost to spoilage and pests. so the gap is in the infrastructure, as usual.
if only the idiot governments would concentrate on this instead of on ridiculous (but good for personal gain) issues like nuclear energy!