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A New initiative for enterpruenership in PAHAD
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:37:02 AM »
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Courtesy opening of Control Atmosphere Storage in the state
 
Tribune News Service
Dehradun, September 20
 Orchard owner Chain Singh Rawat need not worry about his apple crop withering away for lack of proper storage.

With the launch of the Control Atmosphere Storage (CAS) facility at Naugaon in Uttarkashi district, he can now hope to preserve his apple crop for as long as six to eight months, thereby ensuring a steady supply in the market even during the off-season.
Control Atmosphere Storage, which has been patented in 1984 in the Netherlands, comes to Naugaon as a result of partnership between the Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW) foundation of the Netherlands, the Fresh Food Technology also of the Netherlands and the Jadgamba Samiti, a NGO that has launched an apple project for marginalised farmers.
“The CAS possesses a storage capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes where apples can be stored for a period of 6-8 months after harvest. The equipment costing Rs 15.50 crore has been funded by the Stichting Het Groene Woudt foundation,” said Emmy Janssen, programme officer of the foundation while giving details of the project here.
Usually, it was a tough ride for apple growers in the state even if the weather god was kind, their happiness was shortlived due to poor transportation and marketing facilities, the scientific storage facility was the need of the day.
“More than 4,000 farmers are involved in this venture that was started in 2007. Now even a small farmer based in Kafnol no longer frets about his apple not reaching the market,” said LP Semwal, Chairman, Shri Jagdamba Samiti.
Before installing CAS, the samiti established four collection centres at Syuri, Dhari, Purola in Uttarkashi and Tyuni in Chakrauta and also held pre-harvest training for the farmers.
The technology is popular in the European countries. Unlike the simple refrigeration in this case, one is able to put a stop to respiration that usually takes place in the fruits and vegetables with the passage of time and also maintain the necessary flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide,” said Wim Van Den Berg, managing director, Director Fresh Food Technology (the Netherlands).
The Netherlands-based foundation is also working in Kerala and helping farmers retain their coffee and spices fresh through CAS. “Farmer associations have been formed at Tyuni, Purola, Naugaon and Kafnol and in time these will be strong enough to own stakes in the equipment and then we will withdraw, said Alfred, Director of SHGW.
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Re: A New initiative for enterpruenership in PAHAD
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 04:18:50 AM »
Demand for ''Uttarakhandi'' apples grow

Dehra Dun, Feb 20 (PTI) Stiff competition from Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh notwithstanding, the demand of some of the varieties like Royal Delicious, Red Delicious and Golden from Tyuni-Nogaon-Harsil belt in Uttarakhand is now growing smartly across the country. From Chandigarh to New Delhi, apples from this belt are being liked in different parts of the country, experts said. And apples growers in these areas are all set to reap huge dividends thanks to a Dutch technology that has come as a boon to boost sales. The control atmosphere storage [CAS] facility where oxygen level is brought roughly around 1-2 degrees of the atmospheric level began functioning last September from the apple belt of Nogaon in Uttarkashi district. An investment of Rs 15.5 crore came from Stichting Het Groene Woudt SHGW, a Dutch foundation with the help of Fresh Food Technology, another global company from Holland which has developed the Van Amerongen technology for preserving apples. The entire project is non-profitable where the shares would eventually be transferred after the recovery of the cost of the machines. Nearly 400 metric tons of apples was procured and kept in the cold storage this season which is now being sold at different areas like New Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Chandigarh. This is the first cold storage exclusively for apples in the entire Garhwal region,�" said Laxmi Prakash Semwal, who is heading Shri Jagdamba Samiti, a local NGO, which took the entire initiative to bring the Dutch players into the apple belt of the hill state. The cold storage has the capacity to store nearly 1200 metric tons of apples for nearly 9 months. This year, which is the first season after the installation of the CAS, the apples are being sold at an average price of Rs 85 in the market against the average procurement price of Rs 60 which means that there will be a profit of Rs 10-15 per kg after discounting various expenses like electricity bills. The total profit is now hovering around Rs 40 lakh. This is being seen as an immediate 20 to 30 percent jump in the prices, said Semwal. �"Our main focus will be to remove middlemen from the apple business due to which farmers were not getting the real price,�" said Semwal. (more)

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Re: A New initiative for enterpruenership in PAHAD
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012, 10:51:47 AM »
Dear Friends,

We are in the process of setting up new joint venture of value addition in locally grown foods with farmers in Uttrakhand for coarse grain based breakfast items (Ready to eat food) and herbal products.

Some ideas about area and other commodities welcome.

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012, 08:59:17 AM »

Good initiative Semwal Ji.. Appreciate your efforts. In fact Uttarakhand need such kind of initiative in every District which can generate ample opportunities of JOb also.

All the best.

 

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