Entrepreneurship prog in food processing concludes

Dimapur, February 17 (MExN): Farmers in Nagaland produces variety of fruits and vegetables but due to pitiable transportation and storage facility and poor marketing network, about 40 percent of the produce is spoiled.  Krishi Vigyan Kendra Phek planned keeping this problem in mind an Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Food Processing for the farmers of the Mon district in coordination with Krishi Vigyan Kendra Mon and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Dimapur.
A press note received here stated that the programme was sponsored by ASSOCHAM, New Delhi. Entrepreneurship Development Programme was inaugurated on by Dr. Chandan Rajkhowa, Director, National Research Centre on Mithun. During inauguration address, he stressed that it is the need of hour to develop the capabilities of the youths so they can take up the lead and start their own enterprises. As enough fruits and vegetable are available in the rural areas so they may start small scale processing unit and may form a federation to market the processed products. Dr. B. R. Singh, Principal Scientist, ICAR Research Complex for NER, Nagaland Centre, Jharnapani, expressed the concern over the huge loss and encouraged the youths to start their units. The units will not only provide them gainful employment opportunity but also pave the way to increase the self-sufficiency in this sector.  
The note said that the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Mon selected 25 youths for the programme and brought them to Dimapur. The training programme was conducted at NRC on Mithun. Hands on training were provided by Mrs. Keni, Subject Matter Specialist (Home Science), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dimapur. The participants were taken to Common Facility Centre, Medziphema to show them how the federation of the SHGs are preparing various products and marketing them under a trade name.
Participants had learned the process of drying and pulverising of ginger and turmeric and they prepared pineapple flaks, a desiccated product of pineapple. The programme concluded on February 12 and certificates were awarded to all the participants after the successful completion of the training. The participants expressed their satisfaction over the content and curriculum of the training and presented their plans about the products they may prepare at small-scale level and market them through a federation, it stated.


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