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Press Release Exhibition News Research should be carried out in universities/institutes keeping farmers in mind: says Dr Taneja

Research should be carried out in universities/institutes keeping farmers in mind: says Dr Taneja

Total of 25 stalls represented by ICAR institutes, food processing industry, entrepreneurs, NGO's attracted visitors in CIPHET exhibition

Ludhiana, October 20:

Marketing network should be provided to farmers for helping them to come out from present agrarian crises. These remarks were made by Dr V.K Taneja, Vice Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, while inaugurating Exhibition on showcasing of technologies under NAIP Mass Media Project here today at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology.

Saying that research in universities and institutes should be carried out keeping in mind the direct benefit of them to farmers/entrepreneurs, Dr Taneja said that farmers should not sale their crops as raw products. "While farmers cost of production has increased manifolds and profits have shrunk," he said, adding that only value addition by adopting food processing industries could save the farmers from present crises. "In Abohar, few years back Kinnow used to be sold at price of Rs 3 to 5 kg, but after CIPHET intervention in processing and packaging for increasing shelf life market price has now jumped to Rs 10-15 per kg. "It could be transported to far away distances now."

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) General Manager (Punjab) D.C Sharma said that presently Punjab contributes more than 60 percent to central pool in terms of wheat and paddy. "When other states of country would also start producing these crops where Punjab would go," he said, adding processing of fruits and vegetables could help farmers in increasing their income level. Showing concerns over increased debt over states, he said, "If all debt is accounted for then every household will be under debt of Rs. 43000.00 in state of Punjab".

Director CIPHET Dr R.T Patil said that while GADVASU and Punjab Agricultural University was primarily focused on production, CIPHET could help in processing of these products. "Punjab is on forefront for everything, people here just need new ideas," he said, adding that there was lot of technologies developed by CIPHET which could help the farmers. Dr Deepak Raj Rai, Head of Transfer of Technology, said that Indian Council of Agricultural Research initiated NAIP Mass Media Project so that farmers/entrepreneurs could be made aware about technologies by its institutes. Senior Scientist Dr Sangeeta Chopra introduced audience about CIPHET and its objectives.

Stalls of various technologies remained center of attraction for farmers and entrepreneurs. While Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi demonstrated recently developed PUSA Basant Wheat HD 2985 having 35-40 quintal production per hectare, National Dairy Research Institute showcased its ready to serve Zal Zera. Little Bee comes out with its honey chilli sauce and honey ginger tea, which does not require sugar to be added for making tea. CIPHET, which was also host institute, exhibited its green chilli, onion ginger powder and blended meat products technologies. In agro machinery, Sol pack and Teknik Industrial traders displayed their packaging products. Entrepreneurs like Garcha soyabean milk products and Chowdhary Agro Biotech were also displaying their products. Stalls of NGO's help groups, PAU Kisan Club, NABARD, Verka, GADVASU and National Research Center on Equines also attracted visitors.
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