Food processing lab launched
The Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates the Food Processing Laboratory at the School of Agriculture today at IGNOU Campus.
The Food Processing Lab will act as a study centre for its on-going programmes in the area of food processing. The Lab will also be used for offering short term training programmes for ensuring safe and quality food for the consumers.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal stressed on the need to enhance the growth of the food processing industry in India. She highlighted that today only 10 per cent of the food produced in India gets processed and an increase in food processing capacity could help in minimising wastage considerably saving crores of rupees thus benefiting everyone ranging from farmers to consumers. She said that the lab with testing facility will help in trained manpower for the industry which can also increase women employment.
Prof. Ravindra Kumar, VC, IGNOU thanked the ministry for providing financial assistance to the university in setting up the lab. He remarked on food processing industry becoming a job creator for the economy which has tremendous scope for growth. The focus of the activities would be for skill and entrepreneurial development in the food processing sector.
He hoped that the Food Processing Laboratory at the main campus would work as a model for other regional centers as well where IGNOU has the infrastructure replicating such labs for benefit of students especially from marginal section of the society.
The Lab has been set up with the financial assistance of Ministry of Food Processing Industries GoI.
IGNOU would offer 9 programs in total including diplomas, PG diplomas, certificate course and PhD programs, said Prof. MK Salooja, Director, School of Agriculture. “The laboratory is equipped with the facilities for processing and packaging of dairy, fruits and vegetables, bakery, meat and fish products and also the basic facilities for chemical, physical and microbiological testing of food,” informed Salooja.
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