'Kashmir needs cold storages to regulate fruit supply'


Srinagar, Nov 21: Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora. Prof A. R. Trag Wednesday said Kashmir needed cold storages to regulate fruit supply.
 He said more than 13 lakh ton apple mature in a period of one month or so. “When this huge quantity comes in the market, it creates glut resulting in falling of prices and thus lesser returns to the growers. If the supply of apple and other fruits to market is regulated, it would result in better returns to growers.”
 “For this purpose, establishment of cold storages with a capacity to store at least 50 per cent of produce will be highly beneficial for the industry,” he suggested.
 He said the food processing sector in J&K was in its infancy even as the state had abundant resources for it.
 Speaking at a two-day seminar “ASPIRE – A Food Industry Academia Interface: Challenges and Opportunities in Food Processing Industries” that concluded today, the VC encouraged the students for taking up the Food Technology course as according to him it offered huge employment potential.
 “The share of food processing in overall food industry is around 32 per cent and some 13 million jobs become available in the industry,” he explained.
 He said that since the raw material for food processing was abundantly available in J&K, “There is need to establish cold storages, food processing units, units manufacturing value added products in milk and vegetables.”
 “The students who graduate in food Technology should not rely on jobs only in government and private sector but take entrepreneurship in Food Technology as their career,” he said, adding that that however was possible if they acquired good subject knowledge, skills, practical training and habit of working diligently and seriously.
 Prof, Trag said that milk is being processed mostly to be sold in liquid form. “However, if a sizable portion of the same is converted into value added products, it will give maximum benefits.”
 Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor KU was the Chief Guest on the valedictory function.
 Prof. Talat said that J&K is sufficient in terms of food production and needs to have modern facilities for its preservation on which emphasis should be given.
 Prof Talat, assuring full support from the University of Kashmir, expressed his willingness for mutual collaboration between IUST and the Bio-Technology Department of University of Kashmir for sharing of resources which will benefit students and faculty.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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