THE SCS GROUP is working with Agricultural and Processed Foods Export development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India for developing protocol for exportable varieties of mangoes from India. This project is being done in association with Dr. Elhadi M. Yahia, a leading international postharvest expert.
THE SCS GROUP conducts a “Postharvest Technology & Management Short Course” for Indian producer and growers in USA, Mexico and Thailand. This is an annual training event that has been conducted along with APEDA (Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India for the last three years. The Mexico leg of the training program is organized in association with Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico. The USA leg of training program is conducted with support from University of California, Davis, USA and Extension Systems International, USA. The program at Thailand, to familiarize the participants with successful South Asian models of perishable export cargo production, handling, packaging and transportation, was conducted in association with Fresh Partners (Thailand) Pvt. Ltd., leaders in cool-chain logistics in South East Asia region.
THE SCS GROUP also organizes training programs on postharvest management issues with national and international experts in India for exporters, traders and trainers (govt. extension staff). Eminent scholars, scientists, industry professionals from India and around the world have been invited to impart training on PHM in India.
THE SCS GROUP works closely with different State Governments in India for establishing and institutionalizing training infrastructure and programs in the field of post harvest handling and management of fresh and perishable horticultural produce.
THE SCS GROUP has organized Practical Business Oriented Seminars on International Food Marketing Issues “Moving Closer To International Standards”, is association with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and CIFTI (Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry) in March, 2002.
THE SCS GROUP also organizes an annual event, “International Conference on Development of Cold-chain Infrastructure of India”. These conferences have become a platform for the development of the cold-chain infrastructure, the refrigerated warehouse industry and the perishable distribution system of the country. The last conference was held on January 2002 at Kolkata, India. IARW/ WFLO and the Government of India extend support to these events. Training programs conducted by world-renowned experts in postharvest management are also organized during these conferences.
- Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, Ph. D, Extension Systems International, California, U. S. A. conducted the training program during December 2000 conference at Mumbai.
- Dr. Hesham A. Gawad, Fresh Expert Consulting, Fresno, California, U. S. A. was present during the January 2002 conference to train the delegates from all over India.
THE SCS GROUP led a Cold-chain Technologies Mission to the US led by the Managing Director of India's National Horticultural Board. Twelve senior government representatives and top executives of firms in perishables distribution were members of the delegation. The Mission was an awareness program for delegates in the area of post-harvest technologies and storage technologies. Over 20 agribusiness operations were visited during the two-week visit. (May 2000)
THE SCS GROUP also conducted training program for senior executives of State Bank of India, the premier nationalized bank of India on “Financing of Cold Chain in India”. The program was primarily intended to sensitize the senior managers of the bank about the tremendous growth potential of agribusiness sector in India and the peculiarities associated with agribusiness financing, with special attention on financing of cold chain projects. (September 2001)
THE SCS GROUP organized a training program on postharvest practices: handling, storage and distribution of apples for Indian farmers and traders. The program also discussed issues advanced PHM aspects and optimum utilization CA/MA storage facilities for apples. (March 2001)