• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2012 Vol.3(3): 199-204 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2012.V3.199

Analysis of Sources of Fruit Wastages in Retail outlets in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

R. Arivazhagan, P. Geetha, and Ravilochanan Parthasarathy
Abstract—India is the second largest producer of overall fruits. India produces over 46 million tonnes of fruits accounting for around 10% of the world’s production. In spite of being a major producer of fruits, nearly 72% of fruits are wasted in India due to poor facility or absence of storage, logistics and processing support. With a high percentage of waste of fruits, the value loss could be imagined. Minimizing wastage at the processing level has been studied by the same researcher in his previous study. Now the researcher extended this study to identify the sources and minimize the wastages in both organized and un-organized fruits and vegetable retail markets. Moreover, retail outlets of fruits and vegetables are more dependent on cold storage, logistics and distribution, this study includes the same to identify the source of wastages. Analysis of sources of wastage of fruits in retail markets and cold storage is undertaken to suggest ways out to minimize this loss and improve the return for both agriculture and retail vendors. This study also helps to minimize the cost of fruits and vegetables so that consumer too gets benefitted. This research is confined to both organized and un-organized retail outlets and their distribution systems and cold storage units in Tamilnadu, a leading producer of fruits and vegetables in India.

Index Terms—Agriculture, fruits and vegetables, retail, Wastages.

R. Arivazhagan and R. Parthasarathy are with School of Management, SRM University, Kattankulathur (email: ravilochanan@gmail.com).
P. Geetha Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Process Engineering, SRM University, Kattankulathur.

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Cite:R. Arivazhagan, P. Geetha, and Ravilochanan Parthasarathy, "Analysis of Sources of Fruit Wastages in Retail outlets in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.3, no.3, pp. 199-204, 2012.

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