Ludhiana, October 7, 2016: A three-day training course on “Agro-Processing Complexes” concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. The course was organized by the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, PAU for the benefit of farmers and young entrepreneurs. It was conducted under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) funded Consortia Research Project on “Secondary Agriculture (Establishment of agro-processing centre for food grains and spices).” The training focused on disseminating primary and secondary processing techniques for the major crops of Punjab along with feed milling, honey processing, AGMARK certification and subsidy issues for agro-industries.
During the concluding function, Dr A.K. Singh, Head, Department of Processing and Food Engineering, PAU encouraged the farmers to take up primary processing of food grain crops to enhance their income and generate employment in the rural areas.
Dr M. S. Alam, Senior Research Engineer and Coordinator of the training programme, exhorted the farmers to set-up agro-processing complexes for economic benefits and quality assurance of processed products.
The Coordinator, Dr Tarsem Chand said that these agro-processing plants provided better value added products to the people of nearby areas.