19 September 2013 | News | By Bureau Report
The Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), a pioneer Educational and R&D Institution under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoPFI), government of India has been developing new technolgies for the benefit of farmers. In the current year, the institute has developed an on- farm leafy vegetable washer, an on-farm washing cum wax coating machine for banana, a ripening chamber for banana, a continuous UV treatment system for surface sterilization of leafy vegetables and a cane sugar peeling machine.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Dr Charan Das Mahant said the government has approved up-gradation of IICPT to a national level Institute at a cost of Rs 102.13 crore.
In 2012-13, the technologies developed by IICPT include: smoking kiln for fish and a meat, makhana popping machine, a continuous amla deseeder, a neera (Beverage) from toddy, pneumatic grain pump, a continuous steaming system for paddy parboiling and a tender coconut cutting and juice extraction system.
In 2011-12, IICPT developed a multipurpose yard drying equipment for paddy drying an on-farm fruits and vegetables washer and a millet puffing machine. It also developed an on-farm vegetable grader fluidized thermal disinfestation unit and a low friction huller for shelling and polishing.