SABJIKOTHI is a type of storage cart which have various features it can increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables from 3-30 days and is helpful for small farmers to store vegetables and fruits. It is a product of SAPTKRISHI ( an agri-tech startup).
As we know that this product was also recognized in the Shark Tank India, unfortunately, they could not get funding. In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of agri-tech startups in India, with many focusing on the sabzi(vegetable) market. SAPTKRISHI is a platform that connects farmers directly with consumers. In this article, we will explore the impact of SABJIKOTHI in India and how they are changing the face of agriculture in India.
About the SABJIKOTHI
|Founders||Nikky Kumar Jha and Rashmi Jha|
|Headquarter||Bhagalpur, Bihar, India|
What is SABJIKOTHI?
It is a product used for the storage of various agricultural produce. After harvesting, not all the crops get sold, only that much amount of crops get sold which is required for the consumers and according to the market demand. Rest all the crops don’t get proper storage facilities and there is post-harvest loss which is very high(around 30%). Farmers cannot protect their crops from damage and not all farmers can afford cold storage. So to get rid of these problems a farmer can buy SABJIKOTHI which protects the crops from damage with various features and at affordable costs (Rs10,000 for up to 500kg).
Features of SABJIKOTHI
- It cleans energy
- Reduces carbon emission
- It has zero maintenance
- It is free of chemicals
- It saves energy as it works on solar power
- It is environmental friendly.
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How SABJIKOTHI works
- It is an IoT- enabled storage device.
- It requires 10 watts of electricity(on or off the grid) and a liter of water daily.
- Its controlled microclimate created inside the insulated chamber inhibits pathogen growth, delays browning and ripening, inhibits ethylene biosynthesis which is responsible for perishability, oxidizes ethylene into small molecules, and regulates the activity of antioxidant enzymes.
- It can save farmers 30% of their horticultural crops that goes to waste due to insufficient storage facility.
- Other storage devices require high energy to store crops but this product requires only 10 watts a day, it operates on a small lead acid battery
Various ways of using this product
This product is available in different storage capacities. They can store up to 200kg, 500kg, and 1000 kg. This can be used in various forms, they are:
|Features||Sabjikothi||Sabjikothi cart||Sabjikothi e-cart|
|Energy||Solar powered||Solar powered||–|
|Battery backup||–||Up-to 2 days||80km/charge|
Nikky kumar jha and his younger sister Rashmi jha operate a startup named SAPTKRISHI(an agri-tech start-up incubated at IIT Kanpur). Nikky kumar jha is a co-founder of Saptkrishi (sabjikothi). He is from Bhagalpur, Bihar. He is an electrical and electronics engineer and environmentalist.
Sabjikothi Net Worth
The valuation of Sabjikothi startup is around 24 crore.
In India, crops are cultivated in large quantities as the requirement is high. But the main problem is storage. Farmers can’t afford cold storage units as their prices is high. SABJIKOTHI is a type of storage that is affordable and easy to use too. And it will help small marginal farmers to protect their crops from damage and also reduce post-harvest losses.
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