“Real innovation is development of simple and cost effective technology for providing solutions to end users,” Vice-Chancellor of Maharana Partap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), Udaipur, Dr S.S Chahal, made these remarks during the inaugural of two-day National Workshop on Post Harvest Management and Value Addition of Underutilized Fruits under the NAIP Sub-Project ‘A Value Chain on Commercial Exploitation of Underutilized Fruits of Tribal Zones of Rajasthan, here today at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET).
Speaking on the occasion, Dr S.S Chahal said that we process only two percent of our fruits and vegetables into various products. “In the developed countries more than 70 percent of fruits and vegetables are processed,” he said, adding that still lot needs to be done in the country. “The time is not for working individually but pooling best of our scientific and research resources available all over the country. That was the reason National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) has made an attempt to create linkage between various institutes,” he further added.
Revealing that government of India is focusing on post harvest sector, Dr Chahal informed that soon Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) would be establishing an independent institute for research on cold chain. He especially appreciated role played by the CIPHET in development of custard apple pulper. Speaking about the project, Dr R.K Gupta said that there were around 400 underutilized fruits in the country. “We have developed various technologies including ‘Ber’ harvesting tools, drying technology for aonla, prototype for destoning of ‘ber’ fruits, grading machine etc,” he added.
Appreciating the role played by the CIPHET and MPUAT, Udaipur, Dr V.K Sehgal of PAU said the project on under-utilized fruits was highly successful as these institutes worked on development of complete value chain from harvesting to end user rather than working on single aspect. He also stressed the need for development machines complying international food safety standards.
Dr R.A Kaushik, from MPUAT, listed the various achievements of the project. Scientist Dr R.K Vishwakarma proposed a vote thanks. Dr P.N Bhatnagar, Project Coordinator (APA) and Dr Deepak Raj Rai were prominent among others present on the occasion.