Value chain exposure visit of tomato stakeholders from the district Narayangaon

In the week of May 27, various stakeholders of the tomato supply chain in the Narayangaon region in Maharastrha, India visited the Netherlands for an intensive study tour. Among them were tomato growers, traders, the market and staff members of APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee, a marketing board established by a state government in India), ETC and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The purpose of their visit was to learn about all essential aspects after harvesting their produce.


HollandDoor organized a value chain tour, focusing on many aspects that could lead to improvements in the tomato supply chain in the Narayangaon region. Some of these aspects were sorting of products and standardization of sorting criteria, differentiation in products and in market and sales instruments, improvement of production techniques and collaboration between growers, local GAP certifications and finally the importance of understanding market development.


Although many of these aspects are trained, mentioned, discussed and therefore known in India, it was clear that seeing is really believing. After a whole week of workshops and visits to farmers, seed companies, auctions and trading companies, the group ended up with a list of more than 60 potential improvements, and they defined their priorities and first action points.


This tour was made possible by ETC India, GIZ Germany and many Dutch organizations that shared their experiences and practices.


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