Monday, March 4, 2013

Five day training programme begins for Maharashtra farmers

Ludhiana, March 4:

Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today initiated a five day training programme on post harvest technologies for rural catchments for farmers from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, at its campus. Total of 27 farmers are taking part in the training programmes, which is sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Ahmednagar.

The training would include agro-processing technologies of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Post Harvest Technology, production of green chilli powder and puree, marketing of agricultural produce, blending of meat with vegetables for making value added products, soyabean processing technology, ginger/garlic and onion dehydration technology, cooling technology for food crops storage, cattle feed from potato and processing and value addition technologies for oilseeds.

Addressing the participants, Head Transfer of Technology Division Dr Deepak Raj Rai said that they have designed the training programme to meet requirements of farmers from Maharashtra. "The income of farmers could only be increased through value addition. We want farmers to set up agro processing in their fields and sell products instead of produce," he said, adding that they have developed number of technologies which could be converted into establishment of viable agro processing industry. Mr O.P Moondan, Technical Official at TOT Division, informed the participants that they would be providing all technical assistance even after completion of the training programmes. Director CIPHET Dr U.S Shivhare said that every year they conduct number of entrepreneurship development programmes in post harvest sector and interested farmers/entrepreneurs should contact them.

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