Image Source: The Hindu
Aug 13, 2018
As part of its golden jubilee celebrations, The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur, is going to release a Neera tapping machine, Neera-based value added products and transfer new technologies for commercial production to be held this month.
In the rapidly growing food processing sector and conducive policy environment, the golden jubilee events of IIFPT aims to build a strong platform for knowledge sharing among the industry, academia, researchers and farmers.
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal would release the machine to tap Neera, the sap extracted from coconut trees, and Neera crystal sugar while inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations and an international conference on IIFPT campus on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology to be held from August 17 to 19.
C.Anandharamakrishnan, Director, IIFPT, said, “We had prioritized research on value addition in coconut and Neera processing. Gadgets for Neera tapping and value-added products developed by the institute will be released by the Minister and dedicated to farmers and farmer producers’ companies.
The IIFPT would sign agreements and MoUs with farmers’ producers’ organisations and industries for transfer of various technologies developed by the institute to enable commercial production. This includes technologies for producing fruit beverages, millet-based and coconut-based non-dairy ice creams, mahua-based nutri-bars rich, integrated onion processing unit, and moringa leaf separator.