Ludhiana, 30 November: Horticultural commodities and fresh produce still suffers the technological backdrop of proper processing and packaging. Increasing demand for convenient, hygienic and quality food products in both urban and rural households has led to greater demand for skill development and entrepreneurship in the packaging sector. Knowing the importance and to train aspiring entrepreneurs in packaging technologies for fresh and processed food commodities ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana conducted a three-day Entrepreneurial Development Programme on ‘Packaging of fresh and processed food products’ from November 26-28, 2018. The programme aimed to impart hands-on training and upgrade the technical skills & cost effective scientific solutions of the budding entrepreneurs facing hurdles in packaging and meeting food safety & regulatory requirements. The programme was attended by established agri-businessmen, aspiring entrepreneurs and progressive farmers coming from four states of Jammu Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Punjab. Addressing in the valedictory session, Dr. R. K. Singh, Director ICAR-CIPHET, emphasized on the role of packaging in increasing the product appeal and tapping the market through innovative packaging techniques. A compendium on ‘Packaging of fresh and processed food products’ containing scientific and technical information was also released. Dr. Rahul K. Anurag, Scientist and Coordinator of this training, stressed on the cost effective solutions through packaging for maintaining the quality and enhancing the shelf life. Dr. K.Narsaiah, Head AS&EC Division also mentinoned that demonstrations in different laboratories and facilities were given to train the participants. Er Akhoon Asrar, Scientist acquainted the participants with different regulatory requirements for complying with guidelines of FSSAI. One of the participants Sh. Rakesh Gairola, CMD, G.S. Pahari Food Products Pvt. Ltd appreciated the knowledge imparted to them on modern packaging techniques. He asserted that hilly areas of Uttarakhand are still untapped in processing and packaging. Knowledge gained by three participants of the state will be helping them in further establishing packaging enterprise in their region.