GADVASU to train entrepreneurs in food processing

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2014 15:56 IST

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) is all set to train 30 entrepreneurs from across the country every year under a special initiative, ‘entrepreneur development programme’ funded by the union ministry of food processing industries.

The programme that would kick start in December would not only provide free training to entrepreneurs, but also follow up on the training provided for at least one year. The initiative would help the people who wish to set up their own units of processed food.

The university has also started training farmers from across the state who wish to learn the techniques of food processing. The varsity provides these farmers with video CDs as well as literature that help them in preparing food items easily.

Dr Manish Kumar Chathlay from the livestock products technology department said there were many items made out of meat that could be financially beneficial for farmers. He said the programme for entrepreneur development once started would help those interested in setting up their own units.

“People from across the country will be interviewed and selected and they will undergo training in food processing,” said Chathlay.Preparation of meat pakoras, egg nuggets, chicken snacks among others would be taught by GADVASU to farmers.

New varieties introduced: V-C

On the last day of ‘pashu palan mela’ of the varsity, GADVASU vice-chancellor VK Taneja visited all stalls. He said new varieties of fish and prawn have been developed by the varsity that would be highly beneficial to farmers. “New variety of fish introduced by GADVASU will generate an income of `3 lakh per acre for farmers. Similarly, breed of prawn will also churn a huge sum for farmers.”

He said to increase production of fisheries and dairy products, the varsity was using all its resources. He said the focus was on health of livestock and to curb the infection that were transferred to pet handlers from animals.

Productive machinery introduced at PAU

The PAU’s department of soil and water engineering unveiled such machineries that could save a lot of financial resources of farms owners. The solar panel attached with the submersible pump is best suited for drip irrigation. Entire setup has been developed by the department.

Dr Rakesh Sharda of the department said the Centre was also giving 75% subsidy on equipment and setup used in the technology. “Setup costs `3 lakh, but due to lack of awareness a few people install it in their farms. Last year, 100 farmers installed solar submersible pumps in their farms.”

Country’s first tractor in 60 horse power category was also unveiled at the mela. Speaking about the launch, DL Rana, chief operating officer, Sonalika, said, “We have tried to deliver a product that effectively meets the needs of progressive famers. The WT-60Rx delivers superior power and multiple speeds, while being low on maintenance and fuel at the same time.”

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