Ludhiana, March 17, 2011
Taking a significant step ahead to promote entrepreneurship in post harvest sector, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) has established a state-of –the-art Agro-Processing Complex at University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore.
Deputy Director General, ICAR, Dr M.M Pandey inaugurated the agro processing complex. Notably, CIPHET has provided Rs 1 crore of grant for establishing this complex. “The idea of establishing such a processing complex was to provide incubation facility for farmers and entrepreneurs. Before establishing their own processing units, they could develop their products and take them to market for testing,” he said, adding that idea is to develop confidence and reduce their risk. Dr Patil said that establishing of processing complex at UAS, Bangalore was just a beginning. “Looking to the success of this joint activity to promote agro processing and value addition, many more such centers in different universities could come up,” he said, adding that CIPHET was providing such facilities to farmers/entrepreneurs from quite some time at its own campus at Ludhiana as well as at Abohar. He hoped that facility at UAS, Bangalore would help the local farmers.
The complex established by the CIPHET has both wet and dry processing facility for various food crops and a research wing. After initial investment of Rs 1 crore by CIPHET, the centre has got grants to tune of Rs 3.5 from crore from other funding sources looking at its high potential for farming community.