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Mahindra inaugurates state-of-the-art grape packhouse facility in Nashik
Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd (MASL), a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the US$20.7 billion Mahindra Group, on Wednesday inaugurated its state-of-the-art grape packhouse facility in Nashik. The facility was inaugurated by Dr Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

According to a press release issued by the company, the facility is one of its kind in India and features the latest technologies that are available in post-harvest management of grapes. It will be instrumental in maintaining the freshness of the grapes, through an effective cold chain, from its arrival into the facility till it reaches customers in overseas markets.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Goenka stated, “The inauguration of this modern packhouse is another significant step for our agri business. This facility is a testament to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and will further the cause of delivering farmtech prosperity by helping Indian growers meet stringent global quality standards.”

Ashok Sharma, MD & CEO, Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd, said, “We are delighted to bring this state-of-the-art packhouse for all the stakeholders in the grape value chain. This model facility will go a long way in building the confidence of international customers. With avant-garde refrigeration, processing and packing technology, this packhouse will enable us to ensure the highest quality supplies as per global standards.”

The facility can pack 90 tonne of grapes per day and has been certified by international bodies such as BRC (British Retail Consortium), Fairtrade, Smeta (Sedex), and the RFA (Rainforest Alliance) besides domestic certification by FSSAI and APEDA. The facility is housed within 6.5 acre of land with a total build up area of 75,000 sq ft. It has 12 precooling chambers and 280 MT of cold storage capacity.

Sustainability is at the core of the facility. Energy-efficient LED lights have been installed at all places and there is also a provision for captive solar power generation. A rainwater harvesting system has been installed to collect and store upto 7 million litre of water. Among other sustainable solutions, there is an in-house sewage treatment plant which provides usable non-potable water for myriad purposes including gardening.

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