Three-day Entrepreneurial Development Programme on ‘Packaging of fresh, minimally processed fruits, vegetables and processed food products’ organized at ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, 05 September 2019: ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana has organized a three-day Entrepreneurial Development Programme on ‘Packaging of fresh, minimally processed fruits, vegetables and processed food products’ from September 03-05, 2019 to train aspiring entrepreneurs in packaging technologies for fresh and minimally processed and processed fruits and vegetables. The need for developing and honing entrepreneurship skills in the area of food packaging is being seen to give a major input for bringing youth into food processing sector. CIPHET with its mandate to contribute in entrepreneurship development is regularly receiving number of request across the country to provide trainings in food packaging to solve their quality concenns and gain product visitbility. With rapid increase in demand for convenient, hygienic and quality food products in both urban and rural households; food processing has become a favorite and rightly focused field for young entrepreneurs. Simultaneously the skill development and entrepreneurship in the packaging sector is witnessing a boom. Different packaging requirements for different food products according to their physiological activity and possible shelf life is also of concern among budding entrepreneurs. The programme which aimed to impart hands-on training and upgrade the technical skills of the budding entrepreneurs in, packaging, food safety and quality control/ knowledge of requirements of national legislation from food regulator FSSAI and other regulations and compliances. The programme was attended by established agri-businessmen, aspiring entrepreneurs, progressive farmers and post graduate students hailing from ten different Indian states including Manipur, Assam, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi and Punjab. The participants were interested in upgrading their skills and exploring business opportunities in modern packaging techniques adopting innovative packaging technologies and newer and environmentally friendly packaging alternatives.
Speaking in the inaugural session, Dr. R. K. Singh, Director ICAR-CIPHET, acquainted the participants about the entrepreneurial opportunities in food processing sector and importance of packaging for enhancing the shelf life of the food products. He emphasized the role of packaging in increasing the product appeal and tapping the market through innovative packaging techniques.Dr. K Narsaiah Head AS&EC Division and Co-Coordinator of this EDP stressed on the cost effective solutions through packaging for maintaining the quality and enhancing the shelf life of all agricultural products through packaging. A compendium on ‘Packaging of fresh, minimally processed fruits, vegetables and processed food products’ was released in the session. Dr. Rahul K. Anurag, Scientist and Coordinator of this training urged the the participants d to maintain a long term association with the institute. In the valedictory session of the programme, Sh. Gulzar Singh Randhawa, a participant of earlier EDP on packaging in November 2018 shared his experience and thanked institute scientists in holding his hands and supporting him in establishing his processing and packaging of turmeric spices. He also highlighted the profits he has started to earn after developing a processing and packaging enterprise and benefits when compared to selling produce from his agricultural farms on raw basis. The participants while giving the feedback thanked the organizers for providing a detailed technical knowledge and expressed their motivation and future plan in starting commercial activity. Dr. R.K. Singh, Director whiassured the participants that technical support and knowledge requirements in future related to their ventures in estabilishing business enterprise will be supported by Institute scientists and experts.
Swachhata hi sewa (SUP) during 11th September to 02 October, 2019 is being celebrated in ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana
A Kisan Mela under Jal Shakti Abhiyan was organised by KVK of ICAR-CIPHET at Abohar on 04/09/2019. More than 250 progressive farmers participated in the Mela and different technology for Water Conservation were demonstrated such as Drip irrigation, Micro sprinkler irrigation system, sprinkler irrigation system, in line drip irrigation system and rain water harvesting model. The occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. R.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and DC, Fazilka Dist.
ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana gives licensing on "High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fan" to Jagraon based Fan Company (M/s Chana Mechanical Engg.)
The technology is highly useful for providing cooling and comfort in cattle sheds, animal shelters, warehouses and other high ceiling buildings and structures
Ludhiana, 09 September 2019:
Ventilation of animal housing to remove moisture and odors and replacing them with fresh air is necessary for livestock productivity and also provides air movement that promotes cooling and improves air quality for confined animals. Achieving this with normal fans is expensive both in terms initial investment as well as operating costs. Also the air in shelter is stratified due to temperature gradients. Keeping in view the need, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana has developed High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fan. The technology wa jointly by developed by Dr. K. Narsaiah, Dr. Sandeep Mann, Dr. Yogesh Kumar and Mrs. Leena Kumari.
Elaborating more about the technology, Dr. K. Narsaiah said that the technology was highly useful for providing cooling and comfort in cattle sheds, animal shelters, warehouses and other high ceiling buildings and structures. HVLS fans are generally ceiling fans although some are pole mounted. HVLS fans move slowly and distribute large amounts of air at low rotational speed– hence the name "high volume, low speed." HVLS fan with custom designed large paddle type blades move the air as one large cylinder (less drag as less interface area). The flow is in laminar regime resulting less energy loss in friction. The secondary flow of the fan after hitting the floor would further cover additional area. In this way one HVLS fan can approximately give performance equivalent to 6 normal fans. The power required to run the fan at low speed is significantly less and results in low operational costs.
Mr. Karnail Singh Chana, Proprietor M/s Chana Mechanical Engg., Jagraon approached the institute for this technology. Awarding the license of the technology to entrepreneur on 09.09.2019, Dr. R.K. Singh Director (Acting), ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana remarked that this technology is energy efficient and provides gentle breeze to ensure cooling and comfort with minimum noise and disturbance. On this occasion Dr. Sandeep Mann, Dr. Yogesh Kumar and Dr. Ranjeet Singh were also present.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahawar working as Scientist (Agricultural Structures and Process Engineering) at the Horticultural Crop Processing division, ICAR-CIPHET Abohar, has been felicitated with the prestigious The Institution of Engineers (IEI) “Young Engineers Award 2019-20”. This award was given by Sh. Biplab Kumar Deb, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Tripura, during the 33rd National Convention of Agricultural Engineers and National Conference on “Commercial Crops Processing and Value Addition”. The programme was organized by the Institution of Engineers (India) at Pragna Bhawan, Agartala, Tripura, from 10-11th August. Dr. Manoj Mahawar was awarded in recognition of his contribution to Agricultural Process Engineering. Sh. Pranajit Singha Roy, Minister of Agriculture, Tripura; Dr. M. Chowde Gowda, FIE, Chairman, Agricultural Engineering Division Board IEI; and other dignitary officials of IEI were also present on the occasion. The IEI has instituted the Young Engineers Award with a view to recognize outstanding achievements/contributions made by young engineers in engineering research and excellence in engineering technology development.
An Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) on “Processing and Value Addition of Mango” was organized from 15th – 17th July 2019 at Horticultural Crop Processing Division, ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar, Punjab. Total six entrepreneurs from villages of Punjab and Haryana participated in this training program. The main objectives behind the EDP were to give Hands-on Experience to the entrepreneurs about the standard procedures for development of different value added products from mango. During the training program, various mango products were made including, dehydrated sweet mango slices, dehydrated spicy mango slices, mango squash, mango juice, mango pulp and mango jam. The three days training program was co-ordinated by Dr. Prerna Nath. Dr. S. J. Kale actively took part in organizing the training program and he also guided all the entrepreneurs regarding storage and transportation of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products.
Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) on “Dehydration of Onion, Garlic and Ginger” concluded at HCP Division, ICAR-CIPHET Abohar
An Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) on “Dehydration of Onion, Garlic and Ginger” was organized from 11-13th June, 2019 at Horticultural Crop Processing Division, ICAR-CIPHET Abohar. The prime objective of this training was to develop different dehydrated products from Onion, Garlic and Ginger. Two entrepreneurs from Telangana and Maharashtra have participated in this EDP training. Hands-on training was given to the participants about the optimized process protocol to be followed for drying of the selected crops. During the program, dehydrated onion slices, dehydrated garlic and ginger flakes along with powder based products were prepared. The participants have interacted and taken guidance from Dr. Ramesh Kumar (Head and I/C HCP, ICAR-CIPHET Abohar) during this EDP program. The 3 days training program was co-ordinated by Dr. Kirti Jalgaonkar and Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahawar.
Aonla or Indian Gooseberry is a hardy fruit crop and can be cultivated throughout the India without much care. Its fruits are highly nutritive with great medicinal benefits but it has limited storage life. Due to its sour and highly astringent taste, consumers don’t much like to eat it in raw form. The Horticultural crop processing division of ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar have developed various value added products to enhance its market value and licensed the technology on ‘Processing of Aonla for manufacturing of value added products’ to the progressive farmer shri. Virsa Singhji from Patti, Taran Taran district of Punjab.
Shri. Virsa Singhji approached the ICAR-CIPHET, Abohar office for training and licensing of this technology. Dr. Kirti Jalgaonkar and Dr. Bhushan Bibwe Scientists of HCP Division, Abohar imparted the training to entrepreneur at Abohar centre, from 06-10 may 2019. Various value added products like aonla candy, preserve, juice, RTS, squash, laddu, dry shreds, triphala churn, Aonla powder, supari, mouth freshner, etc. were developed during the training. The demonstrations of Aonla processing machineries like Aonla grader, shredder, juice extractor, corking machine were also given to the entrepreneur. Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Head and In-charge, HCP Division, ICAR-CIPHET Abohar given his valuable support and guidance for smooth conduct of the training. The entrepreneur have also shown his interest towards establishment of small agro processing centre for Aonla processing after successful completion of the training and machine demonstrations.
Dr. Ranjeet Singh, In-charge, ITMU coordinated the licensing process of this technology. Dr. R.K. Singh, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana awarded the license and training certificate to entrepreneur on successful completion of the training.
The technology of "Live Fish Carrier System and method of transportation of live fish therein" has been transferred to Shri Shivam Sharma, S/o Shri Rajkumar Sharma, Proprietor, M/s E-Magic Electric, Nangla Fateh Khan, PO- Patara, Jalandhar (Pb)- 144101 by Dr. R.K. Singh, Director (Act.), ICAR-Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana on 16th April 2016. The inventors of the technology are Dr. Armaan U. Muzaddadi, PI and Dr. S.K. Nanda, Co-PI and the technology for carrying different types of fish in live condition from farm to the market was developed with financial assistance from National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad. This technology is highly potential to increase farmers' income by two or three folds.