Nest-In, Tata Steel’s modular construction solutions brand, has launched an onion storage solution ‘AgroNest’ that is aimed at reducing spoilage of the onions to half of its current level.
According to the company, this is a first-of-its-kind smart warehouse for onions developed with scientific backing and latest innovation and technology. The lack of scientific storage practices, non-standard designs, and poor material quality for onion storage leads to over 40% loss of the produce inside the warehouse. With unpredictable weather and climate changes and the recent challenges of transport and movement, farmers face multiple challenges concerning storage and maintaining a healthy shelf life for their produce. Over the years, the farmers have suffered losses in the quality and quantity of their produce, as the onion industry lacks proper storage facilities.
P Anand, chief, services and solutions, Tata Steel, said, “We strongly believe achieving self-reliance and self-sustainability in agriculture is critical to making India Atmanirbhar. Inspired by this mission, our expert professionals are developing customized solutions for the agriculture sector. Climate change and environmental conditions affect the shelf-life of the farmers produce, and lack of proper storage facilities leads to huge losses. We understood the problem here, and our teams crafted a solution that is long-term and practical. We are committed to creating innovative products and solutions for our customers and enable a better tomorrow.”
Given that the agricultural sector supports 70% of India’s population and contributes to 50% of the GDP, it is rapidly investing in Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). Tata Steel’s Innovent identified this white space in the market to build solutions in agri-infrastructure.
Agronest – A smart warehouse solution
Tata Steel’s Nest-In and Innovent teams have developed Agronest, a smart warehouse solution with a unique structural design that maximizes air flow. Thus, it is spacious, thus making it conducive for longer and safer storage of onions, and provides a cost-effective environment control to ensure minimal wastage. The warehouse has sensors installed for monitoring temperature, humidity, and gas, thereby enabling early detection of the produce’s spoilage. Components from four major Tata Steel brands – Tata Structura, Tata Tiscon, Tata Wiron, and coated sheets from Tata Steel BSL, have been used in the solution, promising quality, and structural longevity to the customers.
Nest-In is Tata Steel’s modular, steel-based construction solutions business. With its pan-India presence and highly efficient delivery mechanism, Nest-In strives to provide complete turnkey solutions with unique customer experience at its core.