Wednesday, July 10, 2013



An agro-processing complex "Brar Agro Industries" has come up at village Drauli Bhai of district Moga, with the technical expertise and support of the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The complex, owned by S. Avtar Singh, is the result of the efforts put in by the PAU under the auspices of All India Coordinated Research Project on Post-Harvest Technology. Dr Ashok Kumar, Head, Department of Processing and Food Engineering; Dr M.S. Alam, Research Engineer; Dr T.C. Mittal, Extension Engineer; and Sh. Mehal Singh, Technical Investigator; attended the inauguration of the agro-processing complex. Besides, Sarpanch of the village, members of Zila Parishad, and other personalities of the area were also present on this occasion.

In his remarks, Dr Ashok Kumar said that the processing plant includes wheat flour milling unit, feed mill, oil expeller and grinder for turmeric and chillies. He observed that such processing units check the migration of rural youth to the cities, generate employment opportunities for the rural populace, and give high economic returns to the farmers. Stating that the agro-processing plants play a vital role in the value addition of farm produce and in curtailing post-harvest losses, he exhorted the other farmers of the area to set-up such units. The Department of Processing and Food Engineering of the PAU has been regularly organising training programmes to motivate the farmers to establish processing plants, he added. The next training course will be held from August 19-23, 2013, he informed, saying that the department has also formed the association of the owners of processing plants for their overall welfare.

S. Avtar Singh expressed his gratitude and thankfulness to the PAU scientists for imparting technical knowledge and training in the establishment of agro- processing complex.

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