ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (ICAR-CIPHET), Ludhiana organized a National Conference on ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Growth through Innovative Approaches in Food Processing Sector’ during March 16-17, 2018. The Conference aimed to facilitate interactions and knowledge sharing amongst professionals of various research and development organizations, food processing industries, industry associations, policy makers, farmers, entrepreneurs etc. to address the future expectations of stakeholders and agri-preneurship in food processing sector through innovative approaches to enhance farmers’ income and livelihood of farm families. The inaugural session was Chaired by Honourable Dr. Anwar Alam, Former DDG (Engg.) and Former VC, SKAUST-S as Chief Guest. Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, VC, LPU, Phagwara, Dr. S. M. Ilyas, Former Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad & Former Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Dr. Nawab Ali, Former DDG (Engg.) graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. Dr. R. K. Gupta, Director ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana & Chairman-cum-Organizing Secretary welcomed all the dignitaries, researchers, farmers, entrepreneurs and SHG members during this Conference, which is sponsored by MOFPI, New Delhi. A galaxy of learned and experienced engineers, scientists, academicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, students, media personnel also showed their presence. Dignitaries on the dais released the Souvenir of National Conference, Prasaskaran Pragati-CIPHET Hindi publication and other Institute publications on this occasion.
During this Conference, the idea of schools for food value chain was evolved, which may be supported by agricultural engineers, food technologists & allied subject & management to promote entrepreneurship in larger way in food processing sector particularly in rural areas and various academic institutes should come forward to implement this idea. Five Major issues were raised during this Conference by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Scientists with special focus on food security & safety, water security & safety, environment, human health, energy conservation and enhancing farmers income and livelihood through food processing and value addition. The Chief Guest Dr Anwar Alam emphasized the establishment of Agro processing centers with refrigerated vans, cold storage in production catchments in villages and resource mobilization with better extension activities for employment and income generation and reduction in post harvest losses. Dr Ramesh Kanwar, VC, LPU, Dr. Nawab Ali, Former DDG (Engg), Dr. S. M. Ilyas, Former Director NAARM, Hyderabad focused upon the opportunities in marketing of properly cleaned, hygienically packed minimally processed vegetables in sub-urban and urban areas. They asked the scientific community to address the need of the hour and work hard towards seed and grain storage at farmer’s level to get good quality seeds at cheaper rate. The importance of value addition, mechanized processing and development of simple and easy to handle machines & tools have also been emphasized by the dignitaries and research delegates.
Dr. B.S Dhillon, Hon’ble VC, PAU & Chairman of the Plenary Session specified the importance of profit in agriculture sector than income only. He emphasized the food safety issues in food processing sector and promoting entrepreneurship among young people in this sector. Director, ICAR-CIPHET Dr R.K. Gupta specified the role of ICAR-CIPHET in post-harvest processing and management of agricultural commodities so that our producer can get more economic benefits. On this occasion, farmers, entrepreneurs, and Self Help Groups and people from industries also participated and displayed their value added products based on institute technologies. Participants, researcher, entrepreneur etc. from different parts of the country attended this two days National Conference and visited various facilities of the Institute.
Prasaskaran Pragati-Rajbhasha Patrika (Ardhvarshik), Ank-1 (January-June 2017), ICAR-CIPHET Hindi publication released on 16th March 2018 during the Inaugural Session of the National Conference from March 16th to 17th, 2018.
Brochure entitled ‘Assortment of Multi-Food Based Novel Extruded Nutri-Products’, and leaflets on ‘Power Operated Buckwheat Dehulling Machine’ & Power Operated Oat Dehulling Machine released on 16th March 2018 during the Inaugural Session of the National Conference from March 16th to 17th, 2018.
ICAR-Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) organized a National Conference on "Promoting Entrepreneurial Growth through Innovative Approaches in Food Processing Sector" during March 16-17, 2018 sponsored by Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India and the inaugural function was held on 16.03.2018. This conference provided a common platform to a wide range of delegates, coming from different corners of the country to share their research findings in 3 different concurrent technical sessions during those two days.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Krishi Unnati Mela and Biennial National Conference of KVKs on the 17th March 2018 at the campus of ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. The lecture of Hon’ble Prime Minister, addressed to Farmers, Agriculture Scientists and other Stakeholders in Krishi Unnati Mela 2018 was live web-telecasted on 17 March, 2018 at 11:30 am. In the ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar, 150 farmers, 01 Public Representatives and 48 Govt. Officials attended the show.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Krishi Unnati Mela and Biennial National Conference of KVKs on the 17th March 2018 at the campus of ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. The lecture of Hon’ble Prime Minister, addressed to Farmers, Agriculture Scientists and other Stakeholders in Krishi Unnati Mela 2018 was live web-telecasted on 17 March, 2018 at 11:30 am. In this regard, both ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar arranged open shows by live webtelecasting it on 17th March 2018 at 11:30 am. In ICAR-CIPHET Ludhiana campus, this show was attended by 150 farmers, 50 Govt. Officials
Chief guest of programme: Dr Anwar Alam, Ex DDG (Ag Engg), ICAR, Guest of honour: Dr Nawab Ali, Former VC, SKAUST-Srinagar and also the Local MLA was invited, but was unable to attend the function because of his preoccupied schedule. In the ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar, 150 farmers, 01 Public Representatives and 48 Govt. Officials attended the show.
Honorable Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare) & Director General (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) have visited ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana on 17th October 2017 along with Dr.B.S.Dhillon Honorable Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr.Swapan K Datta Ex-DDG (Crop Science), ICAR, Dr.K.Alagusundaram, DDG (Engg.), ICAR, Director, ICAR-IIMR and Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana. Dr.R.K.Gupta, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, welcomed all the dignitaries. All the CIPHET developed machineries, technologies and other pilot plant were demonstrated to the team. During the visit, DG,ICAR interacted with the trainees of ICAR-CIPHET for their interests and scope of post-harvest technology for doubling their farm income. Amid the visit, DG, ICAR inaugurated International Training Complex at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and launched CIPHET mobile App. After the visit, the DG, ICAR interacted with all the staffs of ICAR-CIPHET, LudhianaPress Note on DG Visit at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana
Hon’ble Prime Minister desired that a nationwide campaign be organized with the participation of all sections of the society to bring about mass awareness on cleanliness and the government officers should also ensure participation in the cleaning of the government offices and other places. The intensive national Swachhta Pakhwara was celebrated from 16th to 31st May 2017 by taking ‘Swachhata Shapath’ (Cleanliness Pledge ) by all staff members followed by intensive cleanliness activity in and around the campus. On the occasion Director ICAR-CIPHET emphasized the importance of the mission of ‘Swachh Bharat’ and spread the massage of cleanliness.
General masses were made aware of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mass movement by circulating notices & flex posters were also affixed on the top of the entrance of the ICAR-CIPHET main entrance gate and on all the floors of the Building. To mark the event grand success, numerous Swachhta related activities were planned and successfully accomplished. All the staff-members of ICAR-CIPHET actively took part in the cleanliness drive.Detailed Report of Swachhta Pakhwada (16-31 May 2017)
ICAR–CIPHET, Ludhiana has been observing Swachhata Pakhwada according to the instructions of Govt. of India. On this occasion, Dr. R K Gupta (Director ICAR-CIPHET), Scientists/Officers & employees took the pledge for cleanliness. During this Swachhata Pakhwada various creative & cleanliness related programmes will be organised.