Develop Industrial Standard Technologies to stay in Competition says DG ICAR

1 May 2010

ICAR institutes need to develop industrial standard technologies to stay in competition, said Director General of ICAR, Dr S. Ayyappan. While inaugurating two-day brainstorming meeting on ‘post harvest technology and value addition of agriculture produce- scenario, issues and strategy’ at CIPHET, Dr Ayyappan stated that research in post harvest is very important for meeting food needs of country and increasing income of farmers.

The objective of brainstorming session was to identify critical gaps and formulate future strategy for research in post harvest technology, including partnership among R&D institutions. More than 80 experts from across the country are participating in the brainstorming session.

Calling for collaborative approach between different institutions in post harvest, Dr S. Ayyappan said that ICAR institutes need to be competitive and should produce technologies of industrial standards. He said that we would be facing competition from China and other fast developing economies.  

DG ICAR said that still lot needs to done in post harvest as processing in the country is very low as per international scenario. He said that CIPHET, being nodal institution, could play a fundamental role.

Different session on critical issues related to post harvest technologies would be chaired by DDG Horticulture, ICAR Dr H.P Singh and DDG (Engg) Dr M.M Pandey and Dr Arvind Kumar DDG (Edn & Fy) ICAR and National Director NAIP Dr Bengali Babu during the brainstorming session on May 1 and 2.
In the inaugural session, Director CIPHET Dr R.T Patil said that multi-disciplinary approach was required for research in post harvest. The institute had developed many technologies, which had been widely adopted across the country, Dr Patil added.

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