India needs more solar-based cold storage units Loss of horticultural output due to lack of facilities


India needs more solar-based cold storage units Loss of horticultural output due to lack of facilities

Low cost manufacturing and negligible operating costs of solar powered cold storage facilities will increase the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables and make it affordable for many farmers in India.

Cold storage facility is the biggest need for farmers in the country. Every year due to poor warehouse conditions and failed cold chain transits, India wastes 40 pc of its harvested agricultural produce. According to the director of the National Horticulture Board, there is a 90 pc deficit of cold storage facilities in India.

Several institutions and organisations are coming up with innovative inventions to help the farmers with low cost and sustainable cold storage facilities that would help them increase the shelf life of their fruits and vegetables. A group of engineers at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi have developed a solar powered on-farm storage structure that can increase the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables where cold storage facilities are not present. Read More

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