Ninjacart, India’s largest B2B fresh produce supply chain company furthered its vision of, ‘Safe food for billion people’ with its first set of Residue-Free Tomatoes, produced in partnership with agri-tech platform Kilofarms. This batch has been tested and cleared by Shiram Institute for Industrial Research, Bangalore, and also meets the 2013-14 National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) testing list criteria in order to be safely tagged as residue-free consumable produce. With a purpose to impact billions of their end consumers in meaningful ways, Ninjacart along with its associate partner Kilofarms, is optimistic in cultivating 8 more crops that will be residue-free including muskmelon, watermelon, chillies, potatoes, ridge gourd, ladies finger by February 2021, and 18 more crops by mid of next year.
Residue-free vegetables are grown with optimal farm inputs that do not contain any harmful chemicals and are not necessarily organic. Residue-free farming is safe, scalable, and affordable and has the potential to unlock safe food for billions of people. Residue-free vegetables and fruits are exported from India, but for local consumers, these methods were not being utilized to the fullest potential. While organic food production has been given more emphasis till now, the input costs are quite high and are not economical or scalable for farmers. Ninjacart and Kilofarms have leveraged each other’s strengths to devise tech-enabled methods such as automated drip irrigation to assist farmers in achieving the finest grade of fresh produce through Residue-Free methods.
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