LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry
is organizing a seminar on 'Cold Chain Infrastructure Development
and Trade Potential in Pakistan' on November 8 in collaboration
with Commerce and Investment Department, Government of the Punjab.
The storage and transportation of products requiring temperature-controlled environment is a specialized sector, and
the presence of a cold chain in Pakistan remains rudimentary, being
limited to a few companies mainly marketing their own dairy products.
Pakistan is mainly an agricultural country and the dearth
of cold storage facilities and transportation services results in
serious wastage each year, according to a media release here Wednesday.
It is estimated that as much as 25 percent of the annual
fruit and vegetable produce goes to waste between the time it leaves
the farms and is purchased by the end consumer.
When taking into account that the horticulture sector's
contribution to the national agricultural GDP is about 12 percent,
this wastage represents a substantial figure that the country can
The development of post-harvest activity therefore holds great potential in increasing the financial strength of a large number of
the population represented both in the domestic and international
The presence of a well developed cold chain network will have
a favourable impact in other sectors as well, i.e. pharmaceutical
In view of the importance of longevity of perishables and high
valued products, the seminar will hold a special relevance to the development of business opportunities in the Punjab, and the country
as a whole.