MicroGO, a pioneer in providing smart and sustainable hygiene and infection control solutions was established in 2016 by an ex-scientist of India’s premier institution Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. MicroGO clientele includes 15+ big brands including Airport Authority of India, IHCL (TAJ group), IRCTC, Bigbasket and Apollo Hospital.
In this interview, Dr Rachna Dave, CEO & Founder of MicroGO shares details on how her company is addressing India’s significant post-harvest losses in major crops and commodities and how IoT technology can empower stakeholders.
What are the key milestones achieved by MicroGO since its inception?
It is heartening to mention that the solutions deployed by us at our customers’ and partners’ sites are now part of their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). One of our key milestones was in 2020 when our first patent was granted within 90 days of filing. Another major milestone was when we received BIG and SBIRI (Small Business Innovation Research Initiative) from BIRAC, DBT, Government of India.
With our solutions, GOassureTM MAX and Lite, we served the nation from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Tripura to Jamnagar during covid and serviced more than 10 million people. It was followed by the launch of GOpureTM inline water management solution on August 15, 2022.
I am highly elated to inform that we are backed and endorsed by Department of Science and Technology, IKP Knowledge Park, Tamil Nadu Start-up and Innovation Mission, Savli Bio Incubator, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
India suffers significant post-harvest losses in major crops and commodities. Where do we stand currently? Can we address these challenges through next generation technologies?
The Ministry of State for Food Processing Industries has highlighted that over 15% of fruits and 12% of vegetables in India currently succumb to post-harvest losses
Let’s consider the example of Onions. Globally India is the second largest producer of Onions and India’s global share is 19.90%. The production accounts for 269 Lakh tonnes annually while India consumes 156 lakh tonnes. Despite all these statistics, the post harvest storage annual losses stand at Rs 11,000 Crore. The major causes for the losses are weight loss, decay and sprouting.
To counter such massive challenges, our product MicroGO’s GOfresh™ that uses science, engineering and technology is designed to combat these losses head-on. By implementing GOfresh™, farmers, distributors, and consumers can enjoy several benefits such as significant shelf-life extension during storage and distribution; nutritional preservation; sustainability and positive environmental impact; and technology enabled for real time monitoring.
“We have made significant progress in tackling the challenge of crop losses by utilizing science, engineering, and IoT tools.”