(ICAR-CIPHET), ORGANIZED A TWO DAYS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (ICAR-CIPHET), Ludhiana organized a National Conference on ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Growth through Innovative Approaches in Food Processing Sector’ during March 16-17, 2018. The Conference aimed to facilitate interactions and knowledge sharing amongst professionals of various research and development organizations, food processing industries, industry associations, policy makers, farmers, entrepreneurs etc. to address the future expectations of stakeholders and agri-preneurship in food processing sector through innovative approaches to enhance farmers’ income and livelihood of farm families. The inaugural session was Chaired by Honourable Dr. Anwar Alam, Former DDG (Engg.) and Former VC, SKAUST-S as Chief Guest. Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, VC, LPU, Phagwara, Dr. S. M. Ilyas, Former Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad & Former Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Dr. Nawab Ali, Former DDG (Engg.) graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. Dr. R. K. Gupta, Director ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana & Chairman-cum-Organizing Secretary welcomed all the dignitaries, researchers, farmers, entrepreneurs and SHG members during this Conference, which is sponsored by MOFPI, New Delhi. A galaxy of learned and experienced engineers, scientists, academicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, students, media personnel also showed their presence. Dignitaries on the dais released the Souvenir of National Conference, Prasaskaran Pragati-CIPHET Hindi publication and other Institute publications on this occasion.
During this Conference, the idea of schools for food value chain was evolved, which may be supported by agricultural engineers, food technologists & allied subject & management to promote entrepreneurship in larger way in food processing sector particularly in rural areas and various academic institutes should come forward to implement this idea. Five Major issues were raised during this Conference by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Scientists with special focus on food security & safety, water security & safety, environment, human health, energy conservation and enhancing farmers income and livelihood through food processing and value addition. The Chief Guest Dr Anwar Alam emphasized the establishment of Agro processing centers with refrigerated vans, cold storage in production catchments in villages and resource mobilization with better extension activities for employment and income generation and reduction in post harvest losses. Dr Ramesh Kanwar, VC, LPU, Dr. Nawab Ali, Former DDG (Engg), Dr. S. M. Ilyas, Former Director NAARM, Hyderabad focused upon the opportunities in marketing of properly cleaned, hygienically packed minimally processed vegetables in sub-urban and urban areas. They asked the scientific community to address the need of the hour and work hard towards seed and grain storage at farmer’s level to get good quality seeds at cheaper rate. The importance of value addition, mechanized processing and development of simple and easy to handle machines & tools have also been emphasized by the dignitaries and research delegates.
Dr. B.S Dhillon, Hon’ble VC, PAU & Chairman of the Plenary Session specified the importance of profit in agriculture sector than income only. He emphasized the food safety issues in food processing sector and promoting entrepreneurship among young people in this sector. Director, ICAR-CIPHET Dr R.K. Gupta specified the role of ICAR-CIPHET in post-harvest processing and management of agricultural commodities so that our producer can get more economic benefits. On this occasion, farmers, entrepreneurs, and Self Help Groups and people from industries also participated and displayed their value added products based on institute technologies. Participants, researcher, entrepreneur etc. from different parts of the country attended this two days National Conference and visited various facilities of the Institute.