ZECC – Zero Energy Cool Chamber technology is introduced in Pakistan for the first time.
The decision came after an immense load of suffering due to poor farming conditions and lack of appropriate material.
What is ZECC
Zero energy cool chambers (ZECCs), are a type of evaporative cooler, which are simple and economical ways to keep vegetables fresh without the use of electricity. Evaporation of water from the ground removes heat, developing a cooling impact, which can enhance vegetable storage shelf life. ECCs are moderately large correlated to the more common household clay pot cooler and are therefore most suitable for; farmers producing greater yield, farming factions, or breeding cooperatives.
According to The News, the workshop, organized by the Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), was intended to establish a relationship among NIFA scientists, horticulturists in the provincial Agricultural Department, and advanced fruit growers across the province.
Horticulture farmers of Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were suffering due to lack of resources, poor farming practices, and lack of packaging material.
If fruits and vegetables are not stored properly at the required temperature, they get spoiled resulting in a huge loss for farmers.
This becomes the reason for the spike in the price of fruits and vegetables in past years. Hence, hoarding of resources continues.
Director NIFA Dr. Gul Sanat Shah highlighted the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) role in the field of food security and agriculture in the country with special reference to the remarkable scientific contributions and achievements of NIFA. He appreciated the scientists for their exhaustive and commendable initiative for developing new technology for the first in Pakistan.
The Director Asked The Fruit Growers To Use Zero-Energy Cool Chamber Technology For Storage Of Fruits And Vegetables. He assured the growers on-field technical assistance regarding problems being faced by them through the entire growth cycle.
PAEC scientists are lauded for introducing a technology that will reduce poor harvest handling conditions in Pakistan and produces a good yield for consumers.