ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana in collaboration with Punjab Chapter of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) organized an interaction meeting with the representatives of Jindal Stainless Ltd (JSL), largest manufacture of stainless steel in India on 11, November, 2021. Mr Rajeev Gupta, GM & Head-Business Development, JSL highlighted the various applications of stainless steel in the food processing industries like dairy, rice mill plant and bread processing unit. Stainless steel (SS), an alloy of iron and chromium (>10.5 %) is mainly preferred in food industries due to hygienic condition it offers, safety, corrosion resistance, low maintenance, easiness in fabrication and stronger than carbon steel. He in sighted that there are around 300 grades of SS out of which only 30 grades are commonly used and the grade should be selected according to the type of strength, thickness and finish required for the equipment/material being fabricated. They also showcased their display van to create awareness among students and researches about the application of stainless steel. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaialiwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, thanked the representatives for their enlightening presentation and expressed that ICAR-CIPHET is looking forward for further collaboration with JSL in future endeavor. In fact, there is a huge scope for stainless Steel in Food processing sector. Though most of the processing equipment are made from food grade stainless steel, but still long way to go. Various primary processing equipment like dryers, cleaners, graders, sorting and washing equipment may also be fabricated using suitable grade of stainless steel. The session was attended by students and faculties from different departments of Punjab Agricultural University and staffs of ICAR-CIPHET.
ICAR-CIPHET gives license for commercial manufacturing of "Live Fish Carrier System" to JJ Fish (Farakka), West Bengal &Mr. Indrajith MV (Kerala)
ICAR-CIPHET Ludhiana transferred the technology of "Live Fish Carrier System and method of transportation of live fish therein" to JJ Fish (Farakkah), Vill. Khaira Kandi, P.O. Beniagram, Dist. Murshidabad, W.B. and Mr. Indrajith MV, who is an entrepreneur from Thrissur district of Kerala. The certificate of licensing was transferred virtually by Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana to the party through video conferencing. The technology was developed by Dr. Armaan U. Muzaddadi and team of ICAR-CIPHET. Live fish carrier system (LFCS) is a electric tri-cycle based live fish transportation system for short and medium distance (about 80 km) transportation of fish including the table carps (rohu, catla, mrigal, common carp, grass carp, silver carp, bighead carp) in live condition from one place to another for marketing, rearing, ornamental displaying and breeding purposes. This technology helps fish farmers to transport their fish in live condition with a fish mortality of less than 5% for a journey period of about 4-5 hours, the fish mortality otherwise in traditional crude system is 50-60% or even 100%. The system is convenient to handle fish by 1 person whereas 4-5 labours/trip are required in traditional method. Since the live fish by itself provides the guarantee of freshness and no use of chemical preservatives, customers readily choose to buy live fish by paying extra price, thus live fish always fetch 50-80% more price than their dead counterparts. Further fish farmers do not need to spend on purchasing ice, insulated packaging containers and preservatives which are the requirements for dead fish marketing. So, by using this system farmers will be benefited on both ways by getting more price per fish and by spending less on preservation and packaging. It was observed that a fish farmer can earn 80-100% more money compared to traditional method of selling fish in dead and iced form, by using this system. But the invented new system reduces. The system may be instrumental in increasing farmers’ income and also capable of contributing significantly to Prime Minister’s Matsya Sampada Yojona.
ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana has celebrated its 33rd foundation day on 3rd Oct, 2021. To commemorate the occasion and also to celebrate 75 years of Indian Independent; the Institute organized ICAR-CIPHET Industry Interface Fair on Agro processing – 2021 (CIPHET-IIFA 2021) during 3-4, October, 2021.
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सिफेट, लुधियाना में राजभाषा हिंदी पखवाड़ा समापन समारोह
एवं त्रैमासिक हिंदी कार्यशाला के अवसर पर आयोजित राष्ट्रीय वेबिनार
आई.सी.ए.आर.-सेंट्रल इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ पोस्ट-हार्वेस्ट इंजीनियरिंग एंड टेक्नोलॉजी (सिफेट), लुधियाना द्वारा आयोजित राजभाषा हिंदी पखवाड़ा का समापन 28.09.2021 को किया गया। साथ ही त्रैमासिक हिंदी कार्यशाला का आयोजन भी हाइब्रिड मोड (ऑनलाइन एवं ऑफलाइन दोनों) से किया गया। इस कार्यशाला की विषय वस्तु ‘तकनीकी जानकारी का हिंदी में प्रचार- प्रसार’ रखा गया। इस कार्यशाला के दौरान डॉ. विकास कुमार, वैज्ञानिक एवं प्रभारी राजभाषा प्रकोष्ट ने त्रैमासिक कार्यशाला की रूप रेखा प्रस्तुत की एवं डॉ. आर सी कसाणा, प्रधान वैज्ञानिक ने आजादी के अमृत महोत्सव के दौरान संस्थान में हो रही गतिविधियिओं से अवगत कराया और आने वाले कार्यक्रम की जानकारी दी। इस अवसर पर आजादी के अमृत महोत्सव के उपलक्ष्य में आयोजित ‘मखाना की मूल्य-श्रृंखला’ पर राष्ट्रीय वेबिनार का आयोजन किया गया। वेबिनार के दौरान ‘मखाना उत्पादन एवं बीज संग्रहण’ विषय पर डॉ. इंदु शेखर सिंह, प्रभारी, मखाना अनुसंधान केंद्र, दरभंगा ने प्रकाश डाला। संस्थान द्वारा विकसित प्रौद्योगिकियों पर चर्चा करते हुए डॉ आर के विश्वकर्मा ने ‘मखाना पॉपिंग का यंत्रीकरण एवं मखाना के मूल्यवर्धित उत्पाद’ विषय पर प्रस्तुति दी। राष्ट्रीय वेबिनार के बाद श्री कुंवर सिंह, सदस्य सचिव, राजभाषा हिंदी पखवाड़ा ने 15.09.2021 से 28.09.2021 तक विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं जैसे कि हिंदी टिप्पण एवं प्रारूप लेखन प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी निबंध प्रतियोगिता, कंप्यूटर पर हिंदी टाइपिंग प्रतियोगिता, पोस्टर प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी अनुवाद प्रतियोगिता, प्रार्थना पत्र लेखन प्रतियोगिता, विज्ञान सम्बन्धी शोध पत्र प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी काव्य पाठ प्रतियोगिता, तत्काल भाषण प्रतियोगिता आदि कार्यक्रमों के बारे में बताया एवं समन्वयक, निर्णायक एवं प्रतिभागियों को धन्यवाद दिया। हिंदी पखवाड़ा आयोजन समिति के अध्यक्ष डॉ. आर के सिंह ने अपने संबोधन में संस्थान के कार्मिकों द्वारा हिंदी में अच्छा कार्य करने और पखवाड़ा में उत्साहपूर्ण ढंग से भाग लेने के लिए प्रशंसा की और भविष्य में भी इसी तरह की भागीदारी की अपेक्षा की। डॉ. सिंह ने आधुनिक हिंदी साहित्य के पितामह कहे जाने वाले भारतेंदु हरिश्चंद्र को स्मरण करते हुए उनकी पंक्तियों ‘निज भाषा उन्नति अहै, सब उन्नति को मूल, बिन निज भाषा-ज्ञान के, मिटत न हिय को सूल’ को दोहराया और राजभाषा हिंदी के प्रचार, प्रसार एवं उपयोग को बढाने पर बल दिया। उन्होंने कहा की हिदी गौरव और आत्मसम्मान प्रदान करती है। संस्थान के निदेशक डॉ नचिकेत कोतवालीवाले ने पंद्रह दिवसीय हिंदी पखवाड़ा के दौरान आयोजित विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को पुरस्कृत किया एवं समापन समारोह के दौरान अपने वक्तव्य में हिंदी की महत्ता, इसकी वैज्ञानिक सहजता, भाषाई सरलता पर प्रकाश डालते हुए राजभाषा हिंदी के अधिकाधिक उपयोग की अपील की। डॉ. कोतवालीवाले ने बताया की राजभाषा हिंदी अभिव्यक्ति का सबसे अच्छा माध्यम है। सभी भारतीय भाषाओँ को एक सूत्र में पिरोने वाली राजभाषा भारतीय भाषाओँ में आपसी सामंजस्य, सम्मान और सौहार्द को बढाती है। कार्यक्रम के मुख्य अतिथि, डॉ इंदु शेखर सिंह, प्रभारी, मखाना अनुसंधान केंद्र, दरभंगा (बिहार) ने संस्थान द्वारा आयोजित विभिन्न गतिविधियों की प्रशंसा की, राजभाषा हिंदी के कार्यक्रमों में अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों के उत्साहपूर्ण भागीदारी पर हर्ष व्यक्त किया और विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को बधाई दी। हिंदी में अपने कार्य अनुभव का जिक्र करते हुए डॉ इंदु शेखर सिंह ने हिंदी की सरलता, सौम्यता एवं सरसता पर प्रकाश डाला एवं इसे माता जैसी सम्मान देने की बात कही और उपस्थित लोगों से हिंदी में अधिकाधिक काम करने का आह्वान किया। हिंदी हृदय को हृदय से जोड़ने वाली राजभाषा है जो हम सबको एक सूत्र में पिरोने में मदद करती है। कार्यक्रम के दौरान विभिन्न प्रभागाध्यक्ष के अलावा श्री विकास कुमार, वैज्ञानिक, राजभाषा प्रभारी एवं सदस्य सचिव, नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति; श्री हजारी लाल मीना, वरिष्ठ प्रसाशनिक अधिकारी; श्री मन्नीलाल, वित्त एवं लेखाधिकारी एवं संस्थान के और संस्थान के बाहर से भी करीब 150 वैज्ञानिक, विद्यार्थी एवं उद्यमी प्रतिभागियों ने भाग लिया। डॉ. एस.एन. झा, सहायक उपनिदेशक (कृषि अभियांत्रिकी), भा.कृ.अनु.प., नई दिल्ली ने भी कार्यक्रम में शिरकत की और किसानों और युवाओं को संस्थान से प्रशिक्षित होकर मखाने की कारोबार को बढ़ाने की बात कही। डॉ. पूनम ने आईसीएआर की गीत से कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत की और डॉ. प्रेरणा नाथ ने धन्यवाद ज्ञापन किया।
Digital monitoring transactions offer ease & transparency, and this has been a priority of ICAR to enable all Institutes to accept payment through their websites. To implement this policy, an MoU has been signed between ICAR-CIPHET Ludhiana, and State Bank of India for Payment Gateway on 04.09.2021. This facility will enable the ICAR-CIPHET to do the digital transactions. Dr.Nachiket Kotwaliwale (Director ICAR-CIPHET), with the CIPHET team including Sh. Manni Lal, (F&AO), Dr. Bhupendra M Ghodki (I/c AKMU), Smt. Sonia Rani (STA), Sh. Gursant Singh (YP-I), and Sh. S.K. Sinha (Chief Manager, SBI PAU, Ludhiana) were present on the occasion. The SBI Payment Gateway will be live soon on the CIPHET website for the users. This initiative is under the Digital India Programme of Govt. of India.
Celebrations under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav continues in ICAR-CIPHET by organizing Knowledge Series Webinar
ICAR-CIPHET is celebrating the 75th year of India’s independence through conduct of variety of programmes. Organization of different webinar series is one such initiative; under its “Knowledge Webinar Series” a national webinar was held on a very pertinent topic ‘A sustainable option for agricultural crop residues management through mushroom production’. A practical and cost effective environment friendly approach for crop residue management is its utilization through mushroom production. Dr V.P. Sharma, Director, Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan was the keynote speaker and talked on Production of mushroom for utilizing agricultural residues and value addition of mushrooms. Dr. Sharma presented a comprehensive statistical data of the various crop residues, and also elaborated on utilization of paddy straw for mushroom cultivation. He delineated strategies for involving startups in mushroom production and commented that in next 2-3 years the mushroom production in India can surpass the production figures of America. Dr. R.C. Kasana, Principal Scientist, and coordinator of this webinar talked on possibility and efforts in the area of developing packaging materials using mushroom mycelium and crop residues as raw material. This being an innovative and important research area is of the focus by scientific community to bring sustainable and biodegradable packaging solutions, which can serve the requirements of environment friendly alternative to plastic menace. Dr. Rahul K. Anurag, Scientist of the institute talked on the mushroom quality and its packaging for shelf-life enhancement.
The programme was attended by about 120 participants including researchers, progressive farmers, budding entrepreneurs, students and others associated with mushroom cultivation. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director ICAR-CIPHET welcomed all the participants into this webinar, and motivated all present to initiate start-up activities by knowledge shared in this important area. He assured for more knowledge and technical support to interested stakeholders. Dr. K. Narsaiah AS&EC Division thanked all the speaker for sharing valuable knowledge along with all participants. The hosting and technical support was carried out by Dr Bidyalakshmi, Scientist, AS&EC Division.
The country is celebrating 75 years of its Independence during 15 Aug 2021-15 August 2022 with the theme ‘Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (आज़ादी का अमृत महोत्सव)’. In commemoration of this theme, ICAR- Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana commenced a ‘National Webinar Series on CIPHET-Post-harvest Technologies’ on 27.08.2021 with first webinar on ‘Utilization and Value Addition to Mustard Processing By-products’ presented by Dr. S.K.Tyagi, Project Coordinator, AICRP-PHET. More than 200 participants (professors, scientists, engineers, scholars, students, farmers, entrepreneurs, youths and other stakeholders) from various states and union territory (Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir UT etc.) of the country participated in the event. Professor from Kuwait University also participated the event. The series of webinar is set to present technologies developed and promoted by ICAR-CIPHET for reduction of post-harvest losses and value addition to different agricultural produce. This event will continue in following months covering various topics such Makhana Production and its Mechanized Processing; Protected Agriculture-The Next Generation Agriculture; Plant Based Dairy Analogues: A Healthy Choice; Entrepreneurship through Mechanized Wadi Making; Microencapsulation of Nutraceuticals; Live Fish Carrier System and Fish Cleaning Station; Gluten-Free Bakery Products; and Processing and Value Addition of Fruits for Doubling Farmers Income. One technology per month will be presented/demonstrated online to the stakeholders in the last week of every month up to August, 2022.
It is worth mentioning that the ICAR-CIPHET is one of the premier institute in the country operating under the aegis of ICAR to cater the need of different stakeholders in the field of post-harvest engineering and technology of agricultural and allied crops including fisheries. With more than 30 years of service to the nation, ICAR-CIPHET has developed more than 100 technologies addressing the issues of farmers/ industry and other stakeholders and created entrepreneurship opportunities for number of unemployed youths. Institute has also extended the research consultancy to Food Corporation of India, APEDA, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and other similar agencies.
Under the guidance of Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, the Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana, this webinar was coordinated by Dr. D.N. Yadav, Pr. Scientist and Mr. Vikas Kumar and Dr. Sandeep Dawange, scientists of Transfer of Technology Division of the institute. The details can be seen at www.ciphet.in.
ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana organized farewell programme for Dr. K. Alagusundaram, former DDG (Ag. Engg.) on 7th August, 2021 through video conferencing. The program was initiated with the opening remarks and wishes by Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director ICAR-CIPHET. PC, PEASEM; PC, PHET; HOD of various division of the institute shared their experience and conveyed wishes to the chief guest on behalf of the Division. Dr. S.K. Chaudhary, DDG (Ag. Engg.) & DDG (NRM), Dr. S.N. Jha, ADG (Process Engg.) and Dr. K.K. Singh, ADG (Farm Engg.), also graced the programme and shared their experiences along with wishes. Then Dr. K. Alagusundaram, former DDG (Ag. Engg.) articulated his experiences and accepted the warm wishes by all. A memento was presented to the Chief Guest as a token of gratitude and love from the CIPHET staff. The programme was coordinated by Dr. K. Narsaiah, President, SRC and Head (Act.), AS & EC Division. Shri H.L. Meena, SAO, ICAR-CIPHET presented the vote thanks.
For the mission of Indian Council of Agricultural Research to plant 1 crore saplings to make India Green, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana organized a campaign on ‘On-farm boundary plantation in Punjab’ on ICAR Foundation Day (16.07.2021). About 500 saplings of Neem, Phycus, Ponocarpus, Ashoka, Sheesam, Mango, Amaltas, Gulmohar Gulmohar, Bel were planted in the institute campus, villages, health centre and schools. The program was inaugurated with the briefing about the mission of council and importance of planting by Dr. R.K.Singh, I/c Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana to all staffs. Each staff planted at least one sapling in the campus and then Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav teams were relayed by showing green flag to visit the villages. Nine teams from both of its campuses at Ludhiana and Abohar comprising 35 scientists and technical officers visited different villages (Jalaldiwal, Rajjowal, Baranhada, Hambran, Bagga Khurd, KeraKhera, Abohar) to plant 50 sapling to each villages and to sensitize the people in and around to encourage plantation. With the national theme ‘Har Med Par Ped', the country farm dykes were utilized to increase green canopy of landscape thus without affecting farm land production. Under the guidance of Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, the Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana this campaign was coordinated by Dr. D. N. Yadav, Pr. Scientist and Head, TOT Division and Mr. Vikas Kumar, Scientist. SAO, FAO and heads of divisions were present About 50 staffs participated and sensitized 200-300 farmers in the program. In this connection an online session has already been organized by ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana for farmers inviting expert from PAU, Ludhiana.
A online training for B Tech (Agriculture Engineering) students was organised by ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana during 10 June – 09 July 2021.
The training programme titled ‘Introduction to Post Harvest Engineering and Technology’ was designed under the guidance of Dr. D. N. Yadav, Head, Transfer of Technology Division to appraise the students regarding recent developments in food processing sector. About 131 students from 4 different State Agricultural Universities (DBSKKV, Dapoli (MH); MPUAT, Udaipur (RJ); IGKV, Raipur (CG); and SKUAST, Jammu) participated in the training programme. During the one-month training programme, coordinated by Dr. Sandeep P. Dawange & Dr. Renu Balakrishnan, the students interacted with the scientists of the institute and learned about different research programmes, developed technologies, and Human Resource Development (HRD) activities of the institute.
In the valedictory function, Director of the Institute Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale said that ‘ICAR-CIPHET has always thrived to provide a platform to the students for gaining knowledge in the field of advanced food processing and post-harvest management.’ He urged the students to think about entrepreneurship in processing and value addition as a great opportunity for a career. He also highlighted the readiness of the institute for the handholding of entrepreneurs through technologies developed by the Institute.
One month training programme is a mandatory requirement for the B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) students of State Agriculture Universities across the country. In wake of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the programme was organised through an online platform.
Makhana is an organic, nutritional, non-cereal edible crop. Makhana is a good source of carbohydrate, protein and minerals. In recent years price of makhana has increased due to increase in demand from domestic as well as foreign markets. Keeping in view the nutritional as well as market potential of makhana, ICAR-CIPHET Ludhiana has developed “Ready to constitute makhana kheer mix and Bihar based young and budding entrepreneur Mr. Amit Kumar approached CIPHET for taking license of this technology. Research team consists of Dr. Mridula Devi, Dr. R.K. Vishwakarma, Dr. Ranjeet Singh, Dr. R.K. Singh, Dr. S.N. Jha. Dr. Mridula D. Pr. Scinetist & Principal Inventor imparted hands on training to Mr. Amit Kumar. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, CIPHET Ludhiana awarded certificate of licensing and training to the entrepreneur on successful completion of the training.
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