Farmers in western India are able to store produce at the point of harvest giving them greater control over distribution thanks to solar-powered cold rooms that have been developed by Ecozen.
Produce such as vegetables, fruits and flowers, which have previously been sold immediately, can be kept fresh for longer in the cold rooms. Farmers control the temperature and humidity with a smartphone app and select the best time to sell direct to retailers and at the right price.
India is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and its farmers have little control over volume, margin and distribution if produce cannot be kept fresh. The cold storage units which are designed to work even in low sunlight and with thermal energy storage back up at night, help to increase profits and reduce the amount of fresh produce wasted due to a lack of sustainable power for refrigeration. They are so effective that Ecozen recently won a prestigious Ashden Award.