CFTRI to visit Sabarimala to increase prasadam production


To enhance the taste of the Prasadam of the ’appam’ and ’aravana’ of the Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala, CFTRI will give its Technical  guidance from Mid May 2018.


Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) will visit the Lord Ayyappa temple here on May 15


A Padmakumar, President, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) said, “On Tuesday the visit is in tune with the objective of achieving high standards in ’prasadam’ production. During the two-day visit, the CFTRI team will hold discussions with TDB authorities on the modalities of transferring technology and training facilities for TDB employees engaged in the production of ’aravana’ and ’appam’.”


“The CFTRI team’s visit will be a follow-up to the recent visit of TDB authorities to Mysuru for an on-the-spot study and assessment of the latest technology to improve quality. The CFTRI technology will help achieve the twin advantage of higher shelf-life for ’prasadam’ and savings in production cost by slashing the requirement of jaggery for making ’aravana’”, he added.


“The CFTRI quality certification was made mandatory for the production of ’prasadam’ as per the Food Safety Act. The ’prasadam’ at Tirupati and Palani temples is produced under the quality standards of CFTRI, he said. Having decided to implement high technology in ’prasadam’ production, Padmakumar said, TDB is also looking to implement CFTRI expertise in the food technology sector in other temples under the board, including Kottarakkara Lord Ganapathi temple”, Padmakumar added.



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