Although India’s food produce has been growing, a recent government study suggests that food wastage is on the rise as well.
According to the study, over 67 million tonne of food goes to waste every year. The amount surpasses the national output of several
nations, including that of Britain and could prove to suffice the hunger needs of Bihar.
The cost of wasted food (Rs 92,000 crore) amounts to nearly two thirds the cost the government incurs to provide rationed food to 600
million Indians under the National Food Security programme.
A low supply of food would impact the market and kickstart an inflation in rates, eventually harming the Indian economy.
Foods that were found to be amongst the most wasted, fruits, vegetables and pulses, are also foods that greatly impact the market. The short shelf life of these foods does no good and lack of proper storage facilities only worsen the case.
Looking at individual crops revealed a shocking image as it was found that around one million tonnes of onion, 2.2 million tonne of tomatoes get lost during transport from the farms to the markets. It was also reported that over 5 million eggs would get cracked or go bad during transport.
“Each operation and handling stage results in some losses. Thus a huge quantity of agricultural production is reduced from the food chain,” the study says.