Cold Storage for Horticulture Products

Cold Storage for Horticulture Products

As a mostly agricultural economy, farmers in Pakistan produce approximately 7.3 million tons of fruits and 7.2 million tons of vegetables annually. Due to lack of post-harvest care which includes handling, logistics and cold storage facilities 25% of the produce is wasted. This wastage amounts to USD 500 Million annually based on local price estimates.

Of the total wastage it is estimated that USD 230 Million can be attributed to lack of cold storage facilities in Pakistan. Currently there are only enough cold storage facilities to accommodate 6.4% of the produce with 95% of them being inland near Lahore. It is no surprise that only 4% of the produce is exported as the main shipping ports are located in faraway coastal Karachi. By the time the produce arrives in Karachi, most of it is no longer of export quality and the rest is unable to be stored in the right environment due to a shortage of cold storages.

Wastage also occurs due to lack of technical skills as some of the facilities might not have the right knowledge for optimum environment for the goods. This also presents opportunities to provide expertise to businesses on best practices in the form of management consulting.
With a rapidly growing population, the need for cold storages will only increase in the future as the lack of food security is a growing risk to the Pakistani economy.