SHIKARA

Evolve into the Blue!!

'Shikara' is a 3-layered self sustainable buoyant food producing module - fish farm, hydroponics and solar roof stacked above each other.

Use Case

Ajoy is a farmer in Bengal where land’s productivity cannot suffice his economic needs or market’s food demands, so he uses government subsidy and permission to invest in Shikara. He floats the module on a nearby water surface and utilizes Shikara’s threefold benefits: aquatic food capturing, hydroponic cultivation and sensor based crop control. A mobile app helps him keep an eye on Shikara while harvesting his regular land. His income translates from 11.2% to 48% in 4 crop cycles meeting fresh food demand. The module is scaled up by government agencies & agro-based organizations, to multiply food production and provide employment opportunities for farmers with horticultural skills but no fertile land. Thus solving the problem of farmer suicides which account for 11.2% of total in India.

Potential

‘Shikara’ aims to become a word of food-solution for the 60 crore agrarian dependent population of India, which has a constant need to venture into innovative resource generation mechanisms to meet the demand of booming population. With no new land, pollution or contamination, ‘Shikara’ provides an alternative source of fresh food and employment using renewable energy for small scale farmers translating an increase of 48% in income. The design can be globally implemented to any city/town that has easy water access to solve more than 40% of increasing food demand. The modularity of the product makes it feasible for government and small scale production, generating annual revenues of 3.68 billion in India alone. ‘Shikara’ being a three layered enterprise never gives an investment deficit.

Business Case

Our business model aims to tap area of immediate water access, where government can manifold food production in collaboration with individual farmers and agro-industries. Our assembly line gathers existing technology to produce 'Shikara' which is followed by shipping, on-site assembly, initialization operations and briefing. Farmers buy the module at a nominal cost with breakeven period of 8.6 months, cutting a profit of 8% per module for Team Shikara. Being a self-sustainable producing unit, we promise definite food return that multiplies with better R&D. The farmers give 10% of the production to the government for helping them with subsidy. We provide a monthly on-site maintenance and counselling for every module at a nominal charge of 20$ pm and improving services by data analysis.

Objectives:

  1. To satisfy 40% of the global food demand by 2050 through our module 'Shikara'.
  2. To build a strong network of satisfied users and improving relationship with farmers, promoting farming as dignified and secured occupation.
  3. To generate a food producing module involving interplay of existing technologies backed against natural disasters and economic downturns.

Team SHIKARA

Roorkee, India

Our Team

Business Model Canvas of 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Business Model Canvas of 'Shikara'

This is our business model canvas.

Opportunities Generated through 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Opportunities Generated through 'Shikara'

The graphic shows the relationship of intrinsic and extrinsic customers.

Financial Analysis of our Module 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Financial Analysis of our Module 'Shikara'

These are the inferences from the financial analysis from the real time analysis of our prototype.

GIF Masters - Busy creating Shikara Prototype / Published January 9, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

GIF Masters - Busy creating Shikara Prototype

Using different softwares to shape the final prototype of Shikara.

Etch-A-Sketch (Logo Sketching Session) / Published November 28, 2015 by Saransh Agrawal

Etch-A-Sketch (Logo Sketching Session)

Our logo design started with the conventional 'Shikara' boat. After various iterations and discussions we finally landed on our final logo, a minimilistic one!
Though a self explanatory, the bottom blue line of our logo represents water, the middle green hints at vegetation and the triangular section at the top describes the energy producing roof.

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce enough food for ever growing population, by one or the other alternative way. By 2050, it is projected that urbanization, climate change and pollution will not only leave the land depleted but also the traditional farming techniques won’t be effective. Land quality is already a concern, which is forcing farmers to quit out of this noble occupation. Solution lies in the abundance of other resources where we can grow food. Let the land rejuvenate. Grow food on water.

Our Background

We are team ‘Shikara’, we are the amalgamation of technical excellence (being IIT Roorkee student) with the creativity of an architect. We strive towards achieving a common goal of making this world a better living enclosure. We as a team has produced some great results in the past. This time we have to solve the food scarcity problem by 2050. Passionate and a great manager Saransh leads our team combined with the hard work and creativity of Naman. These two are backed by the critical analysis of Divyae. Anshul brings the thought process together, adding the fun element to it and finally our thoughts are brought to words by Chitransh.

Business Model Canvas of 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Business Model Canvas of 'Shikara'

This is our business model canvas.

Opportunities Generated through 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Opportunities Generated through 'Shikara'

The graphic shows the relationship of intrinsic and extrinsic customers.

Financial Analysis of our Module 'Shikara' / Published January 10, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

Financial Analysis of our Module 'Shikara'

These are the inferences from the financial analysis from the real time analysis of our prototype.

GIF Masters - Busy creating Shikara Prototype / Published January 9, 2016 by Saransh Agrawal

GIF Masters - Busy creating Shikara Prototype

Using different softwares to shape the final prototype of Shikara.

Etch-A-Sketch (Logo Sketching Session) / Published November 28, 2015 by Saransh Agrawal

Etch-A-Sketch (Logo Sketching Session)

Our logo design started with the conventional 'Shikara' boat. After various iterations and discussions we finally landed on our final logo, a minimilistic one!
Though a self explanatory, the bottom blue line of our logo represents water, the middle green hints at vegetation and the triangular section at the top describes the energy producing roof.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce enough food for ever growing population, by one or the other alternative way. By 2050, it is projected that urbanization, climate change and ...Read More

Our Background

We are team ‘Shikara’, we are the amalgamation of technical excellence (being IIT Roorkee student) with the creativity of an architect. We strive towards achieving a common goal ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.