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UP Agri minister delegation visits CSIR-CFTRI

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Mysuru: Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi visited along with his Ministerial colleagues, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh visited CSIR- Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, a premier research Institute of CSIR, January 23.

He was joined by Dinesh Pratap Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Horticulture, and Baldev Singh Aulakh, Minister of State for Agriculture (UP), Manoj Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, UP, Anjani Kumar Singh, IAS and other officials. A few agriculture department officials from the State too accompanied him.

CSIR-CFTRI Director Dr Sridevi Annapurna Singh received them. During an interaction at Cheluvamba Hall, CFTRI, a Presentation was made on the contribution of CFTRI and its role in Agro-Food processing. The director dealt in detail on the success stories of CFTRI such as AMUL (the Baby food), Leaf Cup making machine, Spice oils and oleoresins, high amylase rich energy Food, spirulina Chikki, Nutri bar and such.

Emphasising on the significance of millets in boosting good health, she explained innovative technologies developed at CFTRI to process millets while touching upon eradication of malnutrition with supplementary foods for severely acute malnourished children both in Odisha and Karnataka states.

The dignitaries visited the CFTRI facilities Such as CFTRI Show Case, Food Engineering Pilot plant, International School of Milling Technology and Food Safety and Analytical quality Control Laboratory. The Scientific staff of the Food Engineering Department demonstrated the Food processing machinery housed in the Pilot plant which included a dosa making machine developed at CFTRI. The delegation also visited the Mobile Food Processing Unit, designed and developed at CFTRI wherein Tomato processing was demonstrated to team members.

They lauded this innovative idea and also appreciated the role of CFTRI in training farmers through PMFME, ODOP programmes to become entrepreneurs. The minister also appreciated the infrastructure that would be beneficial to a large number of stakeholders.

On their visit to the wheat milling facility, the scientific staff explained the importance of a one year ISMT Certificate course in roller flour milling which has benefited both India and developing countries from Africa and south east Asia. This aspect was very much appreciated by the Minister Delegation.

The delegation visited FSAQCL Department wherein they were appraised of various labs and Instrumentation facilities pertaining to Food Safety including detection of heavy metals and contaminants, pesticide residue analysis etc. They appreciated CFTRI’s role in this aspect.

During his visit, minister Surya Pratap Shahi informed that “It is a matter of great fortune for me to visit this institution. This Institute has a significant contribution in Food Security and food processing. This Institute also has an important contribution in developing the skills of the students here and making them self- reliant”. He also emphasized that an action plan will be prepared soon to set up a processing unit in the agricultural universities located in Uttar Pradesh so that more impactful work is done in the field of food processing in Uttar Pradesh.

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