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SMART Food Grain Storage System Technology

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) recently made headlines by transferring the SMART food grain storage system technology to Paras Defence.
  • This collaboration signifies a concerted effort towards realizing the objectives outlined in the Innovation, Science, and Technology theme of Viksit Bharat @2047, reflecting India’s commitment to technological self-sufficiency and advancement.

About SMART Food Grain Storage System (SAFEETY) Technology

  • Developed under the guidance of the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), a renowned institution known for its expertise in microwave electronics and research.
  • The technology represents a significant leap forward in grain storage methodologies, integrating cutting-edge features and advanced functionalities.
  • It boasts innovative components such as conveyorized loading and unloading systems for grain bags, streamlining the storage process and enhancing efficiency.
  • Each grain bag is equipped with RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) tags, ensuring meticulous traceability throughout the storage and distribution process.
  • The system facilitates real-time measurement of crucial parameters like weight and moisture content, providing operators with invaluable insights into grain quality and condition.

Significance of the Technology

  • SMART food grain storage systems prioritize sustainability through the integration of energy-efficient components and meticulous monitoring mechanisms.
  • Automation and predictive analytics embedded within the technology significantly enhance productivity and operational efficiency.
  • The implementation of SMART storage systems plays a crucial role in bolstering food security by mitigating losses due to spoilage and contamination.
  • Through comprehensive traceability measures, these systems ensure the integrity and safety of stored grains, particularly vital in the context of global supply chain dynamics.
  • While initial investments in SMART storage infrastructure may be higher, the long-term cost benefits are substantial.
  • With the ability to efficiently process nearly one truckload (approximately 28 tons) of grains in just 40 minutes, these systems represent a significant advancement in storage technology.
  • This collaboration signifies a concerted effort towards realizing the objectives outlined in the Innovation, Science, and Technology theme of Viksit Bharat @2047, reflecting India’s commitment to technological self-sufficiency and advancement.

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