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Focus of Centre on establishing silos to spur growth of grain chillers
Thursday, 14 September, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Grain Technik, a New Delhi-based technocrat-driven company, now sees that the Centre’s focus on promoting the setting up of silos will now spur the growth of grain chillers in the country.

The company, which specialises in grain cooling technology, displayed its grain chiller GT-250 at India Foodex, the three-day event that concluded in Bengaluru recently.

It viewed that the Indian market indicated immense growth opportunities, with the new-age agri entrepreneur raring to adopt novel technologies to maximise costs and spur revenue generation.

Following the issue of the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017 earlier this year, the legislation affirmed the need for warehouses, silos, cold storage units or other such structures or places as market sub-yards.

The move, according to Grain Technik, is expected to propel the need for grain chiller technology.

“Our customers range from farmers storing their grain in small silos to large multinational companies (MNCs) involved in the trading, milling or processing of several hundred thousand metric ton of grain,” Rahul Khanna, director, Grain Technik told F&B News in an e-mail.

“Many companies are looking to upgrade their entire grain handling process from bag to bulk, which will directly increase the demand for newer storage technologies like steel silos and modern warehouses,” he added.

“Many major millers already have silo storage at their plants, and we are already working with them to ensure their grains are free of pests and molds during storage and the quality is preserved,” Khanna said.

“India, being second globally in agricultural production, makes us predict the high demand of grain chillers in the coming years, especially considering the government’s push to use this technology for milled rice storage across India,” he added.

“Our chillers can be used for single-grain silo capacities ranging between 500 metric ton upto 15,000 metric ton. Using our recommended ducting design, multiple silos can also be cooled using a single machine,” said Khanna.

“We are the first Indian company to manufacture grain chillers in India. There are about five or six global players in this space,” said Pari Mamallan, sales and project manager, Grain Technik, told F&B News during an interaction at India Foodex.

“Of these, two each are in Germany and China, and one each is in Sweden, the United States and Argentina,” he added.

“Now silos require less space, and a grain chiller is a plug-and-play unit,” Mamallan said.

“It is easy to handle and maintain. In fact, it is a critical technology to support and sustain post-harvesting in India,” he added.

“There is a huge concern to prevent wastage of grain during storage and stall detrimental unhealthy fumigation methods while storing freshly-harvested produce,” Mamallan said.

“Moreover, it will reduce the expenses, and thus drive the profitability. This is where our grain chiller maintains the harvest freshness, enabling no fumigation, fungus growth risk and discolouration. The grains can be safely stored for a period of four months,” he added.
 
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