Friday, May 3, 2013



The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organizing a one-week training course on "Safe Storage of Food Grains and Quality Standards" from May 6 to 11 at Farmers' Service Centre of the University. The officers of category II and III of Food Corporation of India will participate in the course.

Giving details, Dr M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, informed that the PAU subject-matter specialists will dwell upon the factors affecting quality of food grains; quality control equipments and procedures; operation and management of grain moisture meters; and grading, classification and quality assurance of cereal and coarse grains. Besides, cleaning, grading, drying, aeration and air tight storage; effect of various factors on storage of food grains, importance of moisture and temperature, and quality assurance to the consumers will be other thrust areas. Dr Gill further told that the experts will also educate the trainees about the handling of equipments used in modern grain storage and milling system; rice milling and quality control in modern rice mills; prevention of mycoflora and mycotoxins in food grains; and identification of insect pests of stored grains.

In addition, quality determination during storage of food grains; rodent pest management; safe use of pesticides in stored grains; symptoms of poisoning and antidotes; problems and management of pesticide residues in stored grains; bird management in grain storage facilities; and procurement policy of food grains will be other highlights of the course. Dr Gill said that the trainees will be visiting modern grain storage and milling facilities. The registration for the course will be held on May 6 at 9.00.a.m. at scheduled place, he informed.

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