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FOOD PROCESSING

DFRL & three food processing cos in South India ink tech transfer pact
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysuru, has inked a technology transfer pact with three food processing companies in South India - Universal Foods, Mulki, Sri Arihant Industries, Bengaluru, and Schmecken Agro Food Products, Chennai.

And as a part of initiatives early this month, the laboratory is assisting the farmers of Karimuddanahalli, a village near Mysuru, to take on food processing as a viable alternative revenue-generation model.

With regards to its farmer assistance programme, DFRL, in association with Spoorthy Janabhivridhi Samsthe, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Mysuru, demonstrated the technology for processing various fruits and vegetables.

It organised a workshop for farmers under the Model Village Adoption Scheme, launched by Pratap Simha, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Mysuru, tohelpreduce the post-harvest losses of crops not just toprogressive farmers, but self-help groups (SHGs) and rural enterprises as well.

It went on to highlight thetechnologies developed by DFRL which arefarm amenable and have been developed keeping in view the traditional Indian tastes and palates. These products are stable for six to nine months when stored at ambient temperatures.

The products are in the ready-to-serve (RTS) andready-to-prepare (RTP) formats, requiring mere preparation before serving.

These covered fruit- and vegetable-based value-added products like RTS beverages, sambar paste,rasam paste, curry paste, tomato sauce, hot filled tomato pulp, green tomato chutney, redtomato chutney, tomato powder and intermediate moisture tomato slices.

Various post-harvest technologies for fruits and vegetables were demonstrated during the workshop. These included vacuum frying of fruits, minimal processing of vegetables, hurdle technology stabilisation of fruits, osmo-dehydration of fruits, tomato products, etc.

“Farmers from Karimuddanahalli and other nearby villages participated in the workshop and were given a demonstration on the preparation and preservation of fruit-vegetable based products,” said OP Chauhan, head, fruit and vegetable technology, DFRL.

National Technology Day is observed annually on May 11. On the 2017 occasion, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, director, DFRL, inkeda memorandum of understanding (MoU) for technology transfer of ten products and processes toUniversal Foods for ash gourd juice, Sri Arihant Industriesfor millet dosa mix, millet chapati mix, millet roti mix, millet jamoon mix, sweetened millet mix and spiced millet mix and Schmecken Agro Food Products for bacterial cellulose production, Nata in fruit juice and ginger beverages.
 
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