There is a need to focus on development of low cost post-harvest machinery so that small and medium size farmers can adopt post-harvest technologies, said Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) Director Dr U S Shivhare.
He was inaugurating a five-day training programme on post-harvest technology for value addition,sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD),in which some 10 farmers from the district are taking part.
Welcoming the participants to the training programme,Dr Shivhare said that CIPHET was primarily focusing on development of low cost machinery.
The big companies are targeting large clients; we are concerned for small and medium size farmers who cannot afford these technologies, he said,adding that the institute has already developed number of technologies and standardised processes,which could provide cost effective solutions to farmers.
The training programme,which also includes hands-on-training,would be
focused on low cost storage of fruits and vegetables,packaging of fresh and
minimally processed fruits and vegetables,processing and value addition of
technologies from soybean,agro processing
techniques,spice grinding technology,practical on chili processing,preparation of cattle feed from potato waste,value added products from root crops,practical
on value added products meat and millet processing technology.