In conversation with Prateek Patil, Managing Partner, R G Patil & Company

What are your best-known products/services/solutions?

R G Patil & Company was founded in 1943 by late Shri Rajashekargouda Patil in Byadagi. Brief about Byadagi- It is the second largest dry chilly market in Asia, annually approximately 90,000 tons of chilly arrive from the farms to the market.

At RGP, we are the region’s leading processor of dry chilly products, annually more than 8000 tons of chilly products- chili powder, chili flakes, stemless chilly, stem cut chilly, whole chilly is processed at state of the art chili powder facility, cold storage units, 80,000 square feet  processing area and supplied to customers across India and exported to Middle East and South East Asia.

Which industry sectors are your customers in and which ones are growing fastest?

Our customers are in Oleoresin, Ingredients, Spices and FMCG sectors. FMCG and Oleoresin sectors are expected to grow the fastest.

Can you tell us about your Cold Storage operations? How do they work?

We use cold storage to store dry chilly with a total capacity of approximately 6000 tons.

During the chilly season (November to April), chilly is stored in the storage at 4 – 6-degree Celsius and during the offseason (May to October) the stored chilly is used.

Chilly cold storages in the region are mostly based on Ammonia refrigerant principle with low-tech design lines, loading and unloading of the bags are done by human labor. There is a scope for the improvements in terms of improving the productivity, efficiency and safety of the storage by using the latest tech in the industry.

What are the major trends and developments affecting your category and your customers, and how are you responding?

Chilly is an international commodity- prices, production, processing are determined by events occurring across the world. Major trend recently has been the consumption of organic and low pesticide residue foods in the advanced countries.

From the farmers point of view, it is very challenging to grow crops without using pesticides, because the yield and quality reduces, pest issues increase exponentially when they do not use the pesticides.

In order to cope with this trend, we have plans to create awareness among the farmer community regarding IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Integrated pest management (IPM) combines the use of biological, cultural and chemical practices to control the pests, it uses natural parasites to control pests, and only uses selective pesticides. This helps the farmers to pass the maximum pesticide residue levels set by the food safety authorities across the world, which also gets a premium price for the farmer.  

How does business in 2020 compared to previous years? What’s your strategy for succeeding in the current climate?

Business has been different compared to previous years due to the Covid. Downfall of the HORECA chain has reduced the demand, chilly prices have taken a hit, International buyers are skeptic, buyers are taking less risks in terms of stocking the product, in order to survive during this, we are working to find new customers and trying to get maximum out of the current customers

What’s the latest news from your company?

We are coming up with new state of the art processing facility for Chili flakes, Stem cut processing and fumigation center.

Anything else you would like to share about the company and product that R G Patil & Company is offering to the Cold Storage Industry?

We want to develop our cold storages to increase the productivity, efficiency, reduce operational costs, anybody involved in these areas, are welcome for a chat.

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