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Vikash Sharma

Sundergarh: At a time when cold storages still remain a distant dream in several parts of the state, farmers in Sundergarh district are now relying extensively on ‘Sabji Cooler’, an innovative vegetable cold storage unit, to preserve their vegetables at much affordable cost.

The Sabji Cooler or Zero Cooling Chamber runs without electricity or solar power. With the help of this unique concept, the farmers are now able to preserve vegetables before selling them in the local markets.

In the first phase, more than 50 coolers have been built by farmers at Balishankara, Kuarmunda and Tangarpali blocks of the district. There are plans to construct 50 more Sabji coolers.

Mumbai's Rukart Technologies is providing equipment & technical support for the initiative, tweeted Collector and DM Sundergarh.

The small-sized farming technology is economically, and environmentally sustainable as it works on the principle of evaporation cooling which do not require any utilities. However, it needs watering at least once a day.

As per official sources, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Sundargarh district administration, local NGO and Rukart.

The cooler has a capacity to store 100 kg of vegetables and keeps them fresh for a week. The financial assistance for this initiative is being provided from Periphery Development Fund, official sources said.

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