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New tech to perserve India's produce for up to 1,000 days

While efforts are being made to reduce the wastage of perishable commodities by boosting cold chain systems, an Indian company has introduced a "Black Box" technology, which they claim can ensure the preservation of any agriculture commodity for 1,000 days.

Saahil Peerzada and Sachin Adhikari of Viztar Agritech have tied up with Spain-based Nice Fruits to offer new technology in cold storage plants in the Indian subcontinent, with the first two to become operational in Hyderabad in the next seven months.

"The Black Box is a unique technology and was developed by scientists in Spain. It can be easily set up in any factory or plant. In normal cold storage, nitrogen is used. However, in the 'Black Box' system, there will be neither nitrogen nor any preservative. The stored commodities will keep their natural content and nutrition value intact for 1,000 days," Peerzada told IANS. "Be it fruits, vegetables or meat, anything can be kept fresh for 1,000 days using the 'Black Box'."

Talking about the benefits of the technology, Peerzada claimed that returns to farmers will increase four-fold. "Farmers are forced to throw their produce on the road after prices go down. They cannot store it due to lack of proper preservation and storage facilities. With our technology, farmers will not be required to go to markets and sell their produce at a modest price. They can come to us and get four times the price," Peerzada said.


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