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CFTRI launches breakthrough technologies in food processing - Deccan Herald
CFTRI launches breakthrough technologies in food processing
Mysuru, Mar 3, 2017, DHNS: Mar 2 2017, 23:39 IST
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A Central Food Technological Research Institute official demonstrates the functioning of 'Leg Operated Papad Press' on CFTRI premises in Mysuru on Thursday. DH photo
Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), during its FreeTech Entrepreneurs meet’, launched two food processing technologies for empowering first generation entrepreneurs.

The new technologies released are: 'Leg Operated Papad Press’ and 'Rice Mix Milk’, the details of which are available on the CFTRI website, and can be downloaded free of cost.

The entrepreneurs meet was organised on the CFTRI premises here on Thursday. CFTRI Director Ram Rajasekharan said that a unique equitable model for empowering first generation entrepreneurs has been introduced for the first time.

The institute released a total of 12 proven and successful technologies free of cost by publishing detailed dossiers on the institute website in the year 2013. The technologies available free of cost include amla candy, composite ragi bread, fruit spreads, ginger dehydration and bleaching, green chilli sauce, protein enriched buns, ready-to-use dosa batter and ready-to-use idli batter, turmeric curing and polishing, cereal flakes rice and refining of millets.

"The technologies of the institute are receiving an overwhelming response with 4,539 entrepreneurs registered for downloading them. In addition to this, the institute is also conducting demonstrations throughout the year. Further, in order to create a sustainable ecosystem for startups, the institute has got in touch with all registered entrepreneurs. It was found that over 125 entrepreneurs have either started production or are in the process of launching the products, sometimes in multiples. It has been our observation that a good number of enterprises across the country have taken the free technologies for commercialisation,” Ram Rajasekharan said.

The scientists said that new technologies are a huge opportunity for tiny and small scale industries which strive to expand and diversify their product profile within the country and abroad. The FreeTech Entrepreneurs meet provides an ideal platform for sharing the experience of entrepreneurs, sensitise the way forward in the core areas of food processing such as fruit and vegetable processing, bakery products, cereals, spices, food packaging and quality, they said.