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[Startup Bharat] How Kochi-based NAVA Design and Innovation’s Sapper is tapping AI to automate neera extraction from coconut trees

[Startup Bharat] How Kochi-based NAVA Design and Innovation’s Sapper is tapping AI to automate neera extraction from coconut trees

  • The tall palm trees that dot Kerala's landscape are a rich source of tender coconut water, and neera, a sap extracted from mature coconut palms trees.
  • I always wondered why the process couldn't be automated," recalls Charles Vijay Varghese, 35.Years later, he founded Kochi-based NAVA Design and Innovation, which has developed Sapper, a neera extractor than claims to increase a tapper's productivity by 72 percent.
  • NAVA's team comprises one full-time traditional tapper, two part-time tappers, who help with feedback, and five engineers (including Charles).
  • The second challenge lay in creating awareness about the product among traditional Indian tappers need.


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