Sunday, March 24, 2013



An agro-processing complex, "Gill Agro Food Products," has been established at village Dhurkot, Faridkot district, under the able guidance of the Department of Processing and Food Engineering of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). S. Kaltar Singh Brar, brother of S. Mantar Singh Brar, MLA, and Parliamentary Secretary, inaugurated the plant. The complex, owned by S. Jasbir Singh Gill, has been set-up with the active support from PAU under the aegis of All India Coordinated Research Project on Post-Harvest Technology. The PAU scientists including Dr Tarsem Chand, Dr M.S. Alam, Er. Sandhya and Technical Investigator, S. Mahal Singh were also present on the occasion. The PAU trained mechanic, Mr Mintu has been instrumental in installing this plant within a period of four months. This plant includes wheat flour milling unit, oil expeller with filter press, and a dana chakki.

In his address, Dr Tarsem Chand, Extension Engineer, PAU, said that this plant is the result of the efforts, put in by the PAU, for turning producers into processors for value addition of agricultural produce. He added that such types of plants are a good source of income and employment generation for the farmers as well as the rural youth. These plants provide better value added products to the people of nearby areas, he observed, while encouraging the other farmers of this area to set-up such plants in future as well.
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