Tata Steel’s modular construction brand ‘Nest-In’ announced its arrival into new business. The company has launched India’s first smart warehouse for onion storage. They call it “Agronest”. It aims at reducing spoilage of onions to half of its current level.
It will be interesting to see the competition with other warehouse companies that are using the conventional system. However, note that the other companies might also try to use this innovative warehouse, as it reduces farmer’s loss. Hence, a smart warehouse is a promising future of storing fresh agricultural produce.
Common Practices of Onion Storage
India is the 2nd largest producer of onion in the world after China. Maximum onion production takes place in Maharashtra followed by Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. Production of onion takes place almost throughout the year barring one or two months.
The smart onion warehouse will help in increasing productivity. Also, it will help in stabilizing onion prices throughout the year.
Once stores, the onions undergo three major processes:
- Raising or lowering
- conservation or proper storage
It is best to dry onions at temperatures 25 and 30° C. Lowering the temperature is a gradual process. The onions are often stored at a temperature of 2° C.
Revolution in Onion Storage System by Agronest
This is the first smart warehouse for onions. Furthermore, it backed up with science and the latest innovations & technology. The previously used warehouses lacked in scientific storage practices, non-standard designs, and poor-quality material, which is used for onion storage. This leads to over 40% loss of produce inside the warehouse.
The farmers face multiple problems with respect to storage and maintaining a healthy shelf life for their produce. It is due to factors like unpredictable weather and climate changes along with the recent challenges of transport and movement. Over the years, farmers have suffered losses in the quality and quantity of their produce due to improper storage facilities. In fact, most of the farmers in India face this issue irrespective of the crop they grow.
“We strongly believe achieving self-reliance and self-sustainability in agriculture is critical for making India atmanirbhar. Inspired by this mission, Our expert professionals are developing customized solutions for the agriculture sector. Climate change and storage facilities affect the shelf-life of the farmer’s produce which leads to a huge loss. We understand this problem here and hence our teams crafted a solution that is long-term and practical. We are committed to creating innovative products and solutions for our customers and so we enable a better tomorrow,” said P. Anand, Chief, Services & Solutions, Tata Steel.
Taking a step forward to achieve this objective and to support the backbone of the Indian economy, Tata Steel’s Nest-In and Innovent teams have developed Agronest, as said in a statement.
Important features of Agronest
The Agronest smart warehouse has a unique structural design that maximizes airflow. It is more spacious thus making it conducive for longer and safer storage of onions. Also, it provides a cost-effective environment control to ensure minimal wastage. Along with these, the warehouse also has sensors for monitoring parameters like temperature, humidity, and gas. All these features will help in early detection for spoilage of the produce.
The agricultural sector supports 70% of India’s population and contributes 50% of the GDP. Hence, Tata Steel’s Innovent team identified this problem in the market and build solutions in Agri-infrastructure.
So, Now Onion will not make you cry!!
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