Pune: India’s food processing industry will have to embrace advanced technology to enhance the nutritional value of their products to match the changing food consumption practices in the country, Dr Ram Rajasekharan, Director, Central Food Technology and Research Institute (CFTRI) said on Thursday. CFTRI can make available the necessary technology for free to the food processors who approach it, Dr Ram said. Dr Ram was delivering the inaugural address at the one day Food Industry-CFTRI conclave hosted jointly by Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture(MCCIA), National Agriculture and Food Analysis Research Institute (NAFARI) and CFTRI . He explained the different services which the CFTRI has on offer and acquainted the participants with the research initiatives in progress at the institute.
Anand Chordia, Chairman of food processing industry committee of MCCIA, Dr Anant Sardeshmukh Director General MCCIA, NAFARI Director Vinay Oswal, Deepak Karandikar, Vice President of MCCIA and Mr Girish Chitale, Director of Chitale Agro Industries were present on the occasion.
Despite a staggering rise in consumption of processed food in the country, we are still struggling with the issues of nutritional value of such foods, Dr Ram said, adding that such issues, if not addressed well in time, can prove harmful to the health of the coming generations. He also stressed that the processed food industry must strive to increase nutritional value while increasing their volume in food products.
” CFTRI now has technology that will help food processing industry to increase the nutritional content and efficiency and the industry must take advantage of it,” Dr Ram said.
Going by the speed at which India’s food processing sector is growing, we can be among leading suppliers of ready to eat food to the world, Dr Ram said. He appealed the industry to work with the Institute to develop food products that will address the nutrition needs of future generations.
Mr Anand Chordia, Chairman of food processing industry committee of MCCIA, exhorted the participants to familiarise themselves with the services and programmes of CFTRI and benefit from them in their businesses. He added that food is the right blend of ingredients and likewise business should have the right blend of science and commerce . The idea of the program was to impart best knowledge about food research to young entrepreneurs .
Dr Anant Sardeshmukh Director General MCCIA said that the food industry in and around pune has tremendous potential. Adapting to latest and state of art technologies will help them become major domestic as well as international players .
NAFARI Director Vinay Oswal highlighted the objectives of the institute and said the central ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) has recognised NAFARI as an incubator body for food processing units and efforts are on to now acquire recognition as a research institute. He said CFTRI can think of setting up a campus in Pune, given the very large number of food processing units in the region.
Mr Deepak Karandikar, Vice President of MCCIA and Mr Girish Chitale, director of Chitale Agro Industries, also expressed their thoughts on the occasion. MCCIA director general Anant Sardeshmukh elaborated on the progresss made by food processing buinesses in the Pune region.
Senior scientists of CFTRI were felicitated in the inaugural function. Mr Mayank Naidu conducted the proceedings of the event.
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