EDP on ‘Packaging of fresh, minimally processed fruits, vegetables and processed food products’
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.