Ludhiana, November 22, 2012: Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here today licensed the technology of Evaporative Cooled (EC) room structure to state of Mizoram.
Director CIPHET U.S Shivhare signed a memorandum of understanding with C. Lalniliana, Directorate of Agriculture (Research & Education), Government of Mizoram. The Evaporative cooled room structure is on farm storage solution, which store 5-7 tons of fruits and vegetables. This EC structure requires minimum energy and very low maintainance to operate.
“It maintains a moderate low temperature and sufficiently high relative humidity for storage of fresh fruits and vegetables,” informed Dr U.S Shivhare, hoping that it would be very useful for small and medium farmers in state of Mizoram.
C.Lalniliana said that initially they would construct two-three EC structures.
“We would encourage other farmers to adopt this easy and economic solution to check post harvest losses,” he added.
The cost of construction of EC structure is Rs 2 to 4 lakh.
Potato could be stored in this structure for 55 days and Kinnow upto 25 days.
Head, Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control Division Dr S.N Jha and Institute Technology Management Unit In-charge Dr K.Narsaiah were also present.