Monday, October 15, 2012

Two-day training programme on groundnut processing begins at CIPHET

Ludhiana, October 15:

Two-day training on groundnut processing sponsored by the Reviving Green Revolution (RGR) Cell of Sir Ratan Tata Trust, was inaugurated today at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). Around 20 farmers from across the state are taking part in the training programme, which would provide hands-on-training for processing technologies of groundnut milk, curd and paneer.

Speaking on the occasion, Director CIPHET Dr U.S Shivhare said by using value addition technologies groundnut producing farmers could increase their income manifolds. "Products like milk, curd and paneer of high nutritious value could be produced from groundnut," he said, adding that besides oil could be extracted from the groundnut. Stating that there would be difficulties in the beginning, he advised the farmers to work with dedication and in groups to get success.

Executive Director of Reviving Green Revolution (RGS) Cell of Sir Ratan Tata Trust Dr G.S Chahal said that need of the hour is to provide farmers viable alternative to wheat-paddy cycle. "We are encouraging farmers to grow groundnut, maize and pulses as an alternative to rice," he, however, accepted that until marketing support for others crops is not in place complete replacement would not be possible. He added that they were forming marketing groups of farmers to help them sell their crops. Thanking the Sir Rata Tata Trust for sponsoring the training, Incharge Head Transfer of Technology (TOT) Division Dr Sangeeta Chopra, said that farmers could contact them anytime for any query. Scientist TOT, Dr Nilesh Gaikwad coordinated the inaugural session. Prominent present on the occasion included CIPHET Scientist Dr Tanbir Ahmed, Project Officer RGS Cell Dr Vinod Anand and Cluster Development Officer of RGS cell Dr Amandeep Sharma.

Meanwhile, five-day NABARD sponsored training programme on Post Harvest Technologies for Rural Catchments for Farmers from Ludhiana was concluded at the institute campus. The programme was sponsored under Farmers Technology Transfer Fund of the NABARD. On the occasion, certificates were distributed to farmers on successful completion of the training programme.

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