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Govt ties up with foreign labs to promote NIFTEM-made products
By TOG News Service
May 25, 2018

TOG News Service, NEW DELHI, MAY 25, 2018: THE Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today stated that the ministry would collaborate with several international laboratories which test various food products, to ensure that the food products approved by laboratories at National Institute of Food Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) receive worldwide acceptability.

Mrs Badal also inaugurated several facilities at NIFTEM, which include -

1. Pilot Plant for Ready-to-Eat and Traditional Food - to help entrepreneurs to bring either new or improved product on the market by providing the necessary know-how for RTE and Traditional Food Technology. It has two main parts viz food preparation equipment cooked in continuous process and laminate packaging facility.

2. Pilot Plant for Milk and Dairy Product - equipped with the new technologies, safety measures, utilities, skilled manpower, licenses require to process the food products, these facilities may be used for a ‘Hands on Training' to make students aware of existing processes and practices adopted by the large industries through production and demonstration on a small scale. These facilities would enhance the knowledge of stakeholders of milk production system for effective backward linkages.

3. Pilot Plant for Fruits and Vegetable processing - this pilot plant would provide state of the art facilities for storing fresh fruits and vegetables like CA and MA storage as well as refrigerated storage. Hands on training to start ups and exposure to students will be provided for tomato ketchup, puree, canning, spray drying, freeze drying, different types of packaging & IQF. Small and Medium Enterprises can also be use these facilities for their production.

4. Pilot Plant for Meat and Poultry Processing - it would act as an incubation centre where budding entrepreneurs & start-ups to help utilize facilities to tap the market while not having to invest in the costly equipment and machineries themselves; and

5. NIFTEM Centre for Food Research and Analysis - the laboratory would not only serve as a Centre for certification of food products but would also serve as a centre for undertaking research and innovation for solving the problems of the food industry and the other stake holders of the food sector. The Centre would work in unison with the regulators and the policy makers for providing them all support for developing standard test protocols for various parameters of quality essential for domestic and international market and would serve as the National Reference facility in the years to come.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Badal stated that NIFTEM should develop its own brand under which it could market the products developed at the institute. The minister further stated that the products would be cheaper, fresher and healthier that other products. She also said that the institute would become a centre for excellence. She also expressed hope that farmers from nearby areas would learn processing and packaging at the institute. She also emphasized that students from NIFTEM did not just learn theory but because of the industry partnerships, learn what the industry wants.