The minister in her address at the inauguration stressed the need to enhance the growth of the food processing industry in India.
She highlighted that today only 10% of the food produced in India gets processed and an increase in food processing capacity could help in minimizing wastage considerably saving crores of rupees thus benefiting everyone ranging from farmers to consumers.
The minister also emphasized on the need of building capacity in terms of trained and skilled manpower.
Complimenting IGNOU she said that the Food Processing Laboratory with testing facility would help in trained manpower for the industry which could also be an employment generator especially for women.
She extended continued support of the Ministry in IGNOU's effort to further widen its programs in food processing.
Inaugurated the food processing lab at IGNOU campus. It will provide a platform to students to acquire relevant skills of FP sector./1 pic.twitter.com/nsSRuqHhVi- Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) September 13, 2017
Prof. Ravindra Kumar, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU while giving his presidential address at the occasion thanked the ministry for providing financial assistance to the university in setting up of the lab.
He assured the minister that IGNOU would work as a partner in any scheme of the ministry for capacity building activities and utilized the resources in a cost effective manner.
The focus of the activities would be for skill and entrepreneurial development in the food processing sector.
IGNOU would offer 9 programs in total including diplomas, PG Diplomas, certificate course and PhD programs, said Prof. Salooja, Director, School of Agriculture at the inauguration function.
He further said that there is a one & a half month non-credit "Awareness Programme on Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables" through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode already being run by the university, the programme was developed with the support of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
The Lab has been set up with the financial assistance of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
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