Agro Processing Complex Comes Up At Sidhwan Bet Under Pau Supervision 18-09-2018

By Punjab Agricultural University on 19 Sep 2018 | read


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“Agro-processing plants are the need of the hour to curtail post-harvest losses and for value addition of agricultural produce at village level” observed Dr M S Alam, Senior Research Engineer-cum- In-charge, AICRP on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology, Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). After getting training from the department under the aegis of All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology S Sukhwinder Singh S/o S Gurmail Singh has established “Sukhwinder Agro Food Processing Model” at Vill Sodianwal, near Sidhwan Bet, Tehsil Jagraon, District Ludhiana. The established agro-processing unit includes an automatic wheat flour milling unit (5 q/h), grinder for spices (40 kg/h) and is in the process of procuring mini rice mill and baby oil expeller said Dr Alam. He told that establishment of Agro-Processing Complex (APC) at the farm gate will help in getting quality products, reducing post-harvest losses, employment to rural youth and achieving diversification concept in agriculture besides improving the economic and social status of farmers and informed that PAU is imparting training and providing technical guidance and support to the rural population for the establishment of processing complex, he added. Dr Alam highlighted the concept of Agro- Processing Complex and its benefits to the huge gathering of around 200 farmers attending the inaugural function. Dr Alam interacted with the participants and encouraged other farmers of the area to set-up such plants in future as well and wished S Sukhwinder Singh for great success. He also appreciated the workmanship of Artesian S Pritpal Singh (Mintu), obtained training from the department. Dr Alam and S Harpreet Singh, Research Fellow attended the inaugural ceremony of the complex. Dr Mahesh Kumar, Head (PFE) appreciated the efforts made by Dr M S Alam and his team.