Ludhiana, August 29, 2010
Deputy Director General (Crop Science) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. Swapan K. Dutta, on Saturday visited Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering Technology (CIPHET) to get firsthand account of various initiatives taken by the institute in the area of post harvest.
Dr Swapan Kumar Datta is a well known plant biotechnologist worldwide. His is involved in research collaboration on application of genomics and gene technology for crop improvement with public and private organisations.
During his visit, he interacted with scientists of the institute and gathered information about research projects. Lauding role of CIPHET in post harvest, Dr Dutta said that still more than 30 percent of Indian population was affected by malnutrition and providing food security was emerging as big challenge globally. He said that more focus should be given on development of high energy processed food so that people could stay active throughout the day. He also visited research facilities of the institute CIPHET. A film on CIPHET and various research achievements were also shown on the occasion.
Dr R.T Patil, Director CIPHET, informed him about various products and processes developed by the CIPHET. He also requested him to provide guidance in the field of nutrigenomics for the development of designer foods, which is going to become a reality in near future. Dr S.K Nanda, Project Coordinator (PHT) and scientific fraternity of the institute was also present on the occasion. Dr Dutta has come to Ludhiana to attend 49th All India Wheat and Barley Research Workers Meet at Punjab Agricultural University.
Source: CIPHET, Ludhiana