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CSIR-CFTRI unveils 11 free-of-cost products, processes for entrepreneurs
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI), Mysuru, has unveiled a total of 11 proven and successful products and processes that are free of cost and published in its detailed technology dossiers. In order to capitalise on these releases, the institute is now wooing food entrepreneurs with a promise.

So far, 4,539 entrepreneurs have registered to download these free technologies. The institute is conducting demonstrations for these technologies throughout the year. 

The 11 technologies which are being made available for free include amla candy, composite ragi bread, fruit spreads, ginger dehydration and bleaching, green chilli sauce, protein enriched buns, ready-to-use dosa batter, ready-to-use idli batter, turmeric curing and polishing, cereal flakes rice and refining of millets.

Further, in order to create a sustainable ecosystem, the institute got in touch with all the registrants who responded to the earlier call. It was found that over 125 entrepreneurs have either started production or are in the process of launching these products.

Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, director, CSIR-CFTRI, for the first time, introduced this unique equitable model for empowering first generation entrepreneurs. According to the institute, the model has been successful and could be easily adopted by other organisations as well, in an attempt to promote Make in India and Skill India schemes.

In this regard, at a recently-concluded day-long FreeTech Entrepreneurs meet, Rajesh S Matche, head, food packaging technology, highlighted the objective to call on entrepreneurs. CSIR-CFTRI observed that a good number of enterprises across the country had taken the free technologies for commercialisation.

Later, the institute went on to felicitate many of these entrepreneurs and interacted with the participants to enable chalking out a future roadmap, according to Manilal P from the CSIR-CFTRI director’s S&T Unit, who provided an overview of the Free-Tech Analytics. 

It was also an opportunity for tiny and small-scale industries, striving to expand and diversify their product portfolio within the country and abroad. “The deliberations provided an ideal platform where successful entrepreneurs shared experiences, created awareness and sensitised the way forward in the core areas of food processing such as fruit and vegetable processing, bakery products, cereals, spices, food packaging and quality control,” said Dr Rajasekharan.

Two new technologies which were released on the occasion included a leg operated papad making press and rice mix milk. There was a demonstration of all of these at the institute’s food engineering pilot plant. The ‘Free Technology Survey Report’ along with opportunities and challenges was presented. ”Representatives from 50 new enterprises were present at the event,” summed up Satyendra Rao BV, technology transfer & business development department, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru.
 
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