Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Food Processing Minister has inaugurated four pilot plants and a food testing lab at the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) campus so as to provide business incubation for entrepreneurs. This new facilities at the NIFTEM is set up with an investment of Rs 50 crore and can be utilised by both in-house students as well as entrepreneurs by paying fee which is yet to be fixed.
According to Badal the pilot plants are at par with industry level in terms of scale and standard. The purpose is to encourage more and more entrepreneurs who can be job providers.
The NIFTEM’s pilot plants offer modern facility to develop products and test production in four categories — ready-to-eat and traditional food, milk and dairy product, fruits and vegetables and meat and poultry processing.
The pilot plants will be self-sustaining as these would generate revenue from target user groups to meet operational expenses and would also recover capital investment in due course of time. And the new food testing laboratory would not only serve as a centre for certification of food products but also for undertaking research and innovation for solving problems of the food industry and other stakeholders.