A three day TSP funded training on Food Processing for Farmers Producers Organization conducted at ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam.


TSP funded training on Food Processing for Farmers Producers Organization (FPO) from Thadlaskein Block was conducted during 25th – 27th October, 2017 at ICAR RC for NEH region, Umiam. A representative of 22 (Twenty–two) numbers of farmers-entrepreneurs from a registered 50 (Fifty) member FPO from Thadlaskein block registered for the training. The inaugural ceremony of the training was held in the conference hall of the Agricultural Engineering Division. Dr. A. Sen, Head, Social Sciences and Animal Health Division motivated the participants, who are prospective entrepreneurs, on innovative ways of doing business from agriculture. He also apprised them about the possible services and help extendable from ICAR such as the ABI, TSP and other scientific and technical support. He suggested the operation of the group in a cluster mode undertaking several enterprises under different sub-groups.  Dr. G. Kadirvel, Principal Scientist, Animal Production Division spoke on the innumerable income earning scope in food processing and narrated success stories of agri-preneurs who ventured in the field of food processing. The training covered three broad field of food processing, viz., processing of high value crops such as ginger and turmeric, meat processing and fruits processing. The aim of the training was to expose the participants to the different avenues in food processing by familiarizing them with the step by step process and inputs required in each enterprise. The training was conducted in the agro-processing centre, meat processing unit and the Agricultural Engineering Division of the institute. During the valedictory ceremony, three representative farmers gave their feedback for the training, appreciating the support and hospitability of ICAR and expressed interest in taking up a food processing venture in fruits for which they required further training. They also expressed their interest in acquiring planting materials and training on production of King Chilly and Kiwi fruit. Dr. Aniruddha Roy, Scientist, Social Sciences Division, suggested they build up a good production base of the raw materials in order to start up a processing unit. Dr. Samir Das, Scientist, Animal Health Division, stated that the group should first identify one single best enterprise and broaden the field after the success of the former. The farmers were provided with a certificate of the training each and inputs., viz., citric acid, KMS and a set of small farm tools and implements were distributed. The training was coordinated by Ms. Anjoo Yumnam, Scientist, Social Sciences Division, Er. Hijam Jiten Singh, Scientist, Agricultural Engineering Division and Dr. Ruth Assumi, Scientist, Horticulture Division.

Production of turmeric powder at agro-processing centre   Production of sausages at meat processing unit
Processing of guava at agro-processing centre   Training on Food Processing for Farmers Producers Organization, the conclusion.