Friday, August 19, 2022

India develops eco-friendly sachets for fruits and veggies

After three months of research, Rajmohan launched a prototype sachet in May 2020. He used natural plant extracts to activate the inbuilt defense mechanism, which slowed down the ripening rate and minimized microbial growth, thus extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables

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Deepak Rajmohan returned home from the US in mid-2019. His aim: work on an innovation designed to minimise food spoilage. “I always wanted to get back to India and felt that it was the right time with a perfect aim. I travelled for about three months through the villages of Tamil Nadu to meet and speak to farmers, distributors, shopkeepers, and whoever is involved in the chain of food supply. This made me realize several matters.”

After three months of research, he launched a prototype sachet in May 2020. He used natural plant extracts to activate the inbuilt defense mechanism, which slowed down the ripening rate and minimized microbial growth, thus extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

“Apart from this, helping the farmers to get a better price for their produce and make fresh food veggies/ fruits available to customers are other factors we strive for.”

— Vijay Anand

A European-based company called Rockstart AgriFood invested in his idea, and one year later, Deepak got a co-founder, Vijay Anand, a long-time friend of the innovator. Thus, GreenPod Labs, an agri-biotech startup, began its work officially.

The sachets it provides are entirely eco-friendly. These create a sustainable choice – incidentally, another goal of the company. “Apart from this, helping the farmers to get a better price for their produce and make fresh food veggies/ fruits available to customers are other factors we strive for,” said Anand, the co-founder, and chief business officer of GreenPod Labs.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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