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Amla processing technology archaic

UTTAR PRADESH produces millions of tonnes of Amla every year. A slew of Amla-based products are also manufactured by entrepreneurs in the State. However, you will hardly find Amla products in any home in the country?s most populated state. This has given the Indian Industries Association (IIA) in Lucknow a major cause for concern.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 01:08 IST

UTTAR PRADESH produces millions of tonnes of Amla every year. A slew of Amla-based products are also manufactured by entrepreneurs in the State. However, you will hardly find Amla products in any home in the country’s most populated state. This has given the Indian Industries Association (IIA) in Lucknow a major cause for concern.

“It seems the technology being utilised to process Amla is not quite right in the State. The food processing industry in the State is still using traditional technology to process food items. It’s time the industry gave high level value addition to processed food products”, D S Verma, IIA executive director, told reporters here on Wednesday.

In this context, a two-day international seminar is being organised by the IIA on ‘Commercialisation of New Technologies in Agro and Food Processing’ at two separate venues—one at the Hotel Taj Residency and the other at India Food Expo 2006 at Balrampur gardens on February 10 and 11, respectively, he said
The India Food Expo 2006 would be inaugurated by UPDC chairman Amar Singh on February 9 at the Balrampur gardens while State Minister for Agriculture Ashok Bajpai would be the guest of honour on the occasion, he said.

There would be specialised session held in the seminar focused on infrastructure and post harvest technologies, process technologies, handling technologies and technologies on market models. More than 150 delegates have already registered for the international seminar out of which six delegates are expected to arrive from Pakistan, Verma informed. The India Food Expo 2006 is supported by the State Bank of India (SBI) as the principal sponsor, he added.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 01:08 IST