Indian government launches onion storage tech challenge for students and startups

Yesterday, the Indian government launched a challenge to students, startups and corporates asking them to develop technologies that reduce damage and rotting of onions. A solution to this question is quite essential, as 30-40 percent of the key kitchen item is reportedly lost during storage.

The challenge, apparently aimed at finding solutions that bring down onion prices, has been divided into four parts: improvement in designs of storage structures, pre-harvesting stage, primary processing and valorisation, that is, value addition and utilisation of unused onions.

A government tweet read: "The department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, announces to develop, 'Technologies for Primary Processing, Storage and Valorisation of Onions' via 'Grand Challenge on Onion Storage'."

According to the tweet, undergraduate students, post-graduate students, PhD students, research scholars and non-teaching staff are eligible to participate in the 'Grand Challenge'. Startups, MSMEs and Indian companies are also eligible.


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