YAP Proposal #24: “Post-Harvest Fruit Bagging” (Amol Shirgire, India)

Pre-harvest fruit bagging
Pre-harvest fruit bagging

Man on mission to make a difference

Two years after starting an agri-venture in 2014 at age of 27 the founder of Aamhi Shetkari (We Farmers) Agritech, Mr. Amol Shirgire is a man on mission to make a difference in Agriculture sector. He has done Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with graduation in field of Agriculture.

Aamhi Shetkari Agritech works mainly in two domains; firstly it provides crop management advisory services to rural farmers in order to help them cultivate good quality marketable produce using minimum resources. Secondly, it helps farmers in marketing their produce in domestic as well as international markets. Since 2014, the venture has consulted more than 900 Farmers in State of Maharashtra, India and marketed produce of around 500 MT to domestic as well as International markets.

During this journey, we learnt many things from Farmers while working with them and also came across problems faced by them on day-to-day basis. We consulted mainly pomegranate growers as its main cash crop in area of our work. They are incurring huge loss ranging from 50 to 70% due to damage in fruits, mainly because of sunburn on skin, fruit fly and black spots due to bacterial plague. The problem is grave and needs to be addressed immediately. Various solutions were tried like covering trees with cloth or Polyethylene Plastic sheets. But they proved to be expensive and not that effective.

We have found one very simple but extraordinary solution to this problem, by bagging pomegranate fruits with white kraft paper bags as shown in picture. Bagging of fruits protects them from excessive heat of the sun, which causes damage to skin of fruits, keeps them safe from frost, excessive moisture and most importantly from fruit flies and bacterial infection. This simple tool will help farmers to cultivate good quality export quality fruits and fetch them good returns.

Initial field trials taken by our team were successful and shown positive results. Now, we intent to promote this idea among all farmers in the State of Maharashtra (India) by establishing demonstration plots at each block level. First time users, we call them innovators are reluctant to use new method or tools initially hence, these bags will be supplied to them at 50% discounted prices to make them affordable for use. As many as 80 bags are required to bag one Pomegranate plant and cost incurred is around USD 0.6 per plant. Hence, we propose to use USD 5000 grant money to buy USD 10,000 worth bags and then distribute it among Pomegranate Farmers undertaking this operation for first time.

The project will be launched with help of Agriculture Department of Maharashtra in each district in phase wise manner. We have already started discussion with officials of Agriculture department and they are ready to support us in this initiative by using their network to promote this idea amongst fruit growers in the state.

A cost to benefit analysis was done by our team, which concluded that use of paper bags is most cost effective and efficient tool to save fruits from external damage. For bagging one hectare plot of pomegranates average cost is around USD 600, while marketable value of fruits increases by 20 to 30% on an average giving additional income of around USD 2500 per hectare to the farmer.

Maharashtra State has approx. 85,000 hectares of pomegranate orchards and hence this project will benefit around 100,000 growers if each one starts using this tool of bagging fruits. The volume of fruits being exported will increase automatically and fetch Farmers good returns. This project will help us in reaching maximum growers and increase our volume of trade by marketing these fruits to domestic as well as international markets.

This simple tool will certainly prove to be a game changer in times to come. We look forward for your suggestions and remarks on this initiative.

Blogpost submitted by Amol Shirgire (India) – aamhi.shetkari(at)gmail.com
Picture courtesy: Laiyang Yintong Papermaking Ltd

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766 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #24: “Post-Harvest Fruit Bagging” (Amol Shirgire, India)

  1. Congratulation sir. really this is new emerging Technic in pomegranate cultivation to protect fruit from said problem. Thousands of farmers start to accept it. we also provide fruit bagging to protect it.

  2. I find that Mr Amol is sincerely & genuinely helping farmers to market their produce over and above his organisation helps farmers by educating them in various aspects and how to tackle problems related to agriculture and maximise the produce and profit

  3. What is the paper? Is it plastic or plastic coated? If so, it will have other environmental issues. If it is paper, do you collect the used bag back for recycling? Please verify these issues

    1. Dr J Gray. Mr Amol used paper bags and no issue of invoirment. we also provide disposable non woven fabric bagging for fruit cover and it is totally eco friendly. Farmer can use twice and easily dispose with any carbon raise..It may automatically decompose after one year in sun light….

  4. Aol this is very accurate and precise solution for such a big problem in oUr area. I hope that would be hhelpful to oUr farmers. Let’s bring this to grass root level aand I help u to do that.

  5. This is really a good tool to save fruits from external damage. Keep it up Mr. Amol and wish you best luck.
    Regards,
    Satish Deokar

  6. The field of agriculture and horticulture requires such innovative and most feasible solutions to the problems of farmers.
    It will definitely fetch a good market price and built confidence among the feeders of our area and country.
    You are giving a complete justice to your qualification and hard work in the vital culture of the nation.

  7. Mr. Amol Shirgire
    It’s really a good effort to reach farmers community and bring awareness regarding advances in agricultural.
    Person like you can make difference by consistent knowledge transfer on this platform.
    Your efforts are worth appreciable! Wish you all the best and success on your way.

  8. Awesome study done which will surely help the farmers to yield more and increase the production from rural areas to take farming at next level …keep up the work young man……allthebest

  9. Awesome study done which will surely help the farmers to yield more and increase the production from rural areas to take farming at next level .. keep up the work young man ..

    1. Mr ram Yes it may damage in rain hence we suggest samle type of bag made from polypropylene known as non woven breathable bags use in rain. Due to breathability it does not damage fruit and easily dried..

  10. Very nice project,it will be beneficial to farmers.
    This is a very effective tool for saving fruit from external damage.

  11. The project is surely going to benefit all fruit growers in Maharashtra. Please go ahead and start immediately.

  12. Congratulations Amol,
    You doing great work in the field of where many of youth today not even wants to part of it.
    Great going and best of luck..

    Regards,
    Rakesh Sathliya

  13. Great work Amol,

    Really awesome we need people like you in agricultural field. Keep doing such things.

    Great work again.

  14. creative idea Amol, its cost effective as well and i think farmers will be benefited from this technology by producing quality produces.

    1. Thanks for your expert interpretation. It gives a confirmation to me that we are on right path.

  15. Congratulations Amol, Definitely in future it will be more workable and valuable assets for common man, Keep it up

    1. Yes. This tool will help farmers to produce good quality fruits each season and fetch them good returns. Altogether it will help in getting valuable foreign currency through exports.

  16. It’s a very grateful and helpful job done by u amol . U will encourage more farmers to produce and do farming of Pomogranets and this will give a big result for production . It will really help all the farmers to get rid on their losses and they can live a better life also. Great job mitra.

    1. Thats the spirit. Thanks for supporting us in our social venture and surely it will help us in getting quality produce for exports.

  17. Dear Sir,
    Greetings!
    This tool will surely help farmers in saving fruits from external damage. In our area, sunburn on skin reduces price of fruits by 70% to 80% as arils remain white instead of white.
    Wish you all the best.

    1. Thanks for your confirmation effectiveness of this tool. It means a lot for us and gives us confidence.

  18. Gr8 thought and initiative Amol it’ will really very heldful to farmer for pre harvest fruits. Cost effective implementation well done. Keep it up like this👍👍 and All the very best for you and amhi Shetkari💐

  19. The cost to benefit analysis is same to our study and very practical approach towards this project amoI. Keep it up

  20. Lets support Amol in spreading knowledge of this tool among our associated farmers. We already have started promoting this tool.

  21. This is a very practical approach to helping farmers see the benefits of making a small investment in production or postharvest technology — we will share your post with our “Postharvest Training” discussion group on LinkedIn and our PEF e-learning groups. LK, The Postharvest Education Foundation

    1. To,
      Lisa Kitinoja,
      President
      The Postharvest Education Foundation
      PO Box 38
      La Pine, Oregon 97739 USA

      Dear Madam,
      Its our indeed a pleasure to receive words of appreciation of our work along with your expert confirmation on effectiveness of the tool used by us.

      Thanks for your support extended in promoting our work.

      Thanks & Regards
      Amol.

  22. Great work amol…….
    We need such types of innovative ideas for agricultural field which helps to increase production and productivity of agriculture……ultimately it helps to improve wealth of farmers……..Best wishes for your future innovation….

  23. Sir, your innovative thinking and precise knowledge in the agricultural sector is vast. It motivates many of us to contribute in your lateral thinking. Your zeal and enthusiasm to reach upto the farmers and help them in producing better quality products is inspiring. Wishing you and Amhi Shetkari team many more years of success.Regards

    1. Yes. Agriculture is backbone of our economy and such small tools will make a difference. Thanks

  24. Hi Amol,
    Great initiative which will help rural farmers. At the same time it will serve motive of eco friendly ness. Happy to see you being great worker.. All the best in future…

  25. Congratulations to you sirji… The project is awesome and it will be so heplful to farmer’s. As working in the feild of agriculture will do to know farmer’s more about it and apply it …

  26. 06:05
    Amol Sir really great work,
    need such kind of thinking and innovative Ideas in our society.
    Ur always have been excellent dear and wish u all the best and stay blessed always.

    1. Thanks Saheb. I would be needing your help in promoting this tool in Beed District through your Agriculture Department of Government of Maharashtra.

  27. Really great work Amol.. this type of innovative technology helps to improve productivity of pomegranate in continuously changing climatic condition.. Keep it Amol…

  28. Amol we like you work. Now your path towards another Green Technological Revolution.. We proud of you…

    1. The cover used are breathable hence there will be enough aeration for fruit to grow properly. It will help farmers to protect their fruits from Sunburn, fruit flies and bacterial plague infection.

    1. Sir, this tool is most cost efficient as per our cost to benefit analysis. Small as well large farmer will be equally benefited from this tool.

  29. Another Green Revolution knocking India doors… Hope it will became milestone for indian horticulture…

    1. Currently we have placed sample demonstration at Gala No 28 Rahata Market Yard Dist Ahmednagar

    1. Bagging should be done ideally within one month after fruit setting when fruits reach lemon size.

  30. We would like to congratulate you for taking this hard path and working in field of Agriculture. Keep it up.

    1. One demonstration plot will be made ready by March end. Please contact me for further information.

  31. We are fruit traders from Pune. We would like to use this tool among our associated farmers. Good luck.

  32. We have farm of 5 acres of Pomegranate. We would like to use this tool. Will contact you in coming season.

  33. Sir, good initiative. Farmers from Maharashtra and other states will benefit if this tool is promoted well.

  34. Your initiative will bring in awareness among Farmers regarding avaliability of tool to Save their produce and make them quality consicous.

  35. Great work done amol sir…. farmers are facing such problems it may be major or minor but the problems directly effect on their yield n earnings…you are doing very very nice work…keep it up n best of luck. ..

    1. You have pointed it correctly and hence we are working to address problems faced by farmers with innovative solutions with best cost to benefit ratio.

  36. Good Project. It will help farmers to overcome external damage and increase quality to help farmers to get good returns.

  37. I have gone through full project note on this blog and found it very interesting. Good work Mr. Amol.

  38. Pomegranate fruits price depends on skin colour and shiny clean outer appearance. Most fruits have good arils to eat but with damaged skin which results in deteriorating market price. This tool will help in increase in quality of appearance of fruits without skin damage, fetching good returns. Good thinking.

    1. Very well explained my friend. This is crux of our project and thanks for precisely pointing it out.

  39. Mr. Amol has been working in Agro sector and has got expertise to implement such projects. I highly recommend him.

  40. This kind of initiative will surely help Farmers in overcoming hurdles they face in this erratic climate.

  41. You are giving a complete justice to your qualification and hard work in the vital culture of the nation.

  42. Sir, good initiative. Farmers from Maharashtra and other states will benefit if this tool is promoted well.

  43. You have always come up with innovative thinking and I know you will make this project a grand success.

  44. Good Project. It will help farmers to overcome external damage and increase quality to help farmers to get good returns.

  45. Agriculture is mother science of all sciences. You are doing great job Amol for your society.

  46. We appreciate work done by Amol in field of Agriculture. Wish him all the best for his future projects.

  47. Mr. Amol has been instrumental in bringing innovative tools in field of Agriculture. This project is one of them. Best wishes for future endeavors.

  48. Amol has been able to mobilize farmer community to implement innovative practices in Agriculture. This is just one example of it.

  49. I find that Mr Amol is sincerely & genuinely helping farmers to market their produce over and above his organisation helps farmers by educating them in various aspects and how to tackle problems related to agriculture and maximise the produce and profit

  50. Mr. Amol Shirgire
    It’s really a good effort to reach farmers community and bring awareness regarding advances in agricultural.

  51. Great initiative which will help rural farmers. At the same time it will serve motive of eco friendly ness.

  52. Awesome study done which will surely help the farmers to yield more and increase the production from rural areas

  53. Lets support Amol in spreading knowledge of this tool among our associated farmers. We already have started promoting this tool.

  54. The cost to benefit analysis is same to our study and very practical approach towards this project amoI. Keep it up

  55. This is really a good tool to save fruits from external damage. Keep it up Mr. Amol and wish you best luck.

  56. this is very accurate and precise solution for such a big problem in our area. I hope that would be helpful to our farmers.

  57. Sir, good initiative. Farmers from Maharashtra and other states will benefit if this tool is promoted well.

  58. Farmers will now be able to save their fruits from external damage which will help them to market in overseas markets.

  59. Hi Amol. Your work has always inspired us. This time too you have come up with innovative tool to help farmers. Good work and keep it up

  60. We are with you Amol in this initiative and would extend our hand of help to spread this tool among Farmers.

  61. Mr. Amol has been very proactive in educating Farmers for cultivation and bringing in innovations at field level. Its easier said than done and hence, we would like to wish you all the best for this competition.

  62. We need youth leaders like you to bring in social change to make this place a better place to live in

  63. Congratulation sir. really this is new emerging Technic in pomegranate cultivation to protect fruit from said problem. Thousands of farmers start to accept it.

  64. We can save fruits from external damage and get good quality which is easily marketable. All the best.

  65. You are using your management skills and expertise in Agriculture for benefit of Farmers. Good to see your progress. Keep it up

  66. Tropical areas with high temperature and sunlight intensity, this tool will be handy for saving damage.

  67. Bagging fruits on trees is really good tool to save them from external damage and earn from marketable export quality.

  68. I have known Amol since long and know that he will make this project a grand success through his dedication and hard work.