Ludhiana, September 14
Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana today exhibited its technologies including that of Pomegranate aril extractor and banana comb cutter on inaugural of two-day Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. The theme of Mela is time is ‘Save Natural Resources for Prosperity of All’.
Heavy rains in PAU campus today failed to dampen spirit of farmers as large number of them visited stall of CIPHET to get first hand information regarding technologies developed by the institute and training program for setting up processing industry. CIPHET on the occasion displayed Mechanical Pomegranate Aril Extractor having efficiency of separating arils at rate of 500kg per hour. The damage to arils during extraction is as low as less than two percent.
The aril extractor developed by CIPHET in stainless steel parts is available just at the cost of Rs 4.5 lakh, which is manifold cheaper than machine developed by Israeli counterparts, revealed CIPHET Scientist Dr Nilesh Gaikwad. On the other hand, Banana comb cutter is useful to de-stem the comb from the banana bunch. It replaces the use of sickle, which was more labor and time consuming. Also, it is safe for human and banana hands and can be used for faster work.
Farmers were provided information regarding technology for groundnut based beverages, processing technology for guava bars, low cost extruded products, processing technology for green chilli puree and powder, ready to eat vegetables, blended meat products, ready to constitute makhana kheer, hand tool for safe cutting for banana hands, minimal processing technologies for fruits and vegetables, powder technology for beetroot, etc. Amrik Singh, a farmer from Kalbangra village of Sangrur, said that every year they come to Kisan Mela to update their information regarding new technologies. Showing interest in banana comb cutter, he said that products developed by CIPHET could be adopted at village level.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from CIPHET, Ludhiana)