Thursday, March 7, 2013

Training programme for Maharashtra farmers concludes at CIPHET

Ludhiana, March 7:

A valedictory function was today organized at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) to mark conclusion of five day training programme on post harvest technologies for rural catchments for farmers from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, at its campus. Total of 27 farmers participated in the training programme sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Ahmednagar.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Deepak Raj Rai stressed that farming in India could only be saved if they become food processors. "A lot of profit of farmers is taken over by middle man, this could go directly into pockets of farmers if they become entrepreneurs as well," he said, adding that even consumers would be benefited if processed products would be directly produced by farmers. \"They would getting better quality at lower prices,\" he added.

CIPHET Director Dr U.S Shivhare said that they were developing technologies which could especially help small and medium size farmers. He urged farmers to join the various training programmes organized by the institute. Terming the training programme organized by the institute quite useful, Navanath Eknath, a farmer from Mahrashtra, said that children of farmers could only become interested in farmers if they get additional opportunities. "Agro-processing industry based on latest technologies could be very viable opportunity."

The training include agro-processing technologies for 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.
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