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The PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sangrur, conducted a five-day vocational training course on “Agro Processing Complex and Jaggery Production” under the guidance of Dr Mandeep Singh, Associate Director (Training). Held from March 1 to 7, a total of 24 trainees from different villages participated in the training course.

While welcoming the participants, Dr Mandeep Singh stressed the need of processing of agricultural produce for increasing farmer’s income. He exhorted the farmers to set up agro-processing complexes for economic benefits and value addition of farm produce. Besides, he shared the details of various other training programmes and activities being conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra for the welfare of farming community and rural youth. Dr Singh specifically stressed upon the use of biofortified and improved varieties of different crops for the purpose of agro processing.

Dr Sunil Kumar, Assistant Professor (FMPE) and Coordinator of this training course, deliberated on the concept of agro processing complex and different processing machines a farmer can install in this complex.

Dr MS Alam, Senior Research Scientist (PFE), delivered a virtual lecture on establishment of wheat flour mill, mini rice mill and baby oil expeller.

Dr Gulzar Singh Sanghera, Director, RRS, Kapurthala shared in detail the role of suitable varieties and production practices for quality jaggary production.

Dr Gurnaz Singh Gill, Assistant Professor (PFE), explained the processing practices for turmeric, while Dr Gurvir Kaur, Assistant Professor (PFE), educated the farmers about processing of pulses.

Dr Amandeep Singh, Assistant Professor (Agronomy), School of Organic Farming, shed light on organic farming and its benefits for agro processors.

Dr Khushdeep Singh Dharni, School of Agribusiness Studies, advised the farmers to go in for attractive packaging and labeling alongwith proper marketing to boost their overall benefits.

Dr Mahesh Kumar, Senior Scientist (PFE), delivered a lecture on food products registration and quality jaggery production.

Jaggery production method was also discussed during the exposure visit to Chacha Bhatija Ghulad at village Babbanpur. Another exposure visit to agro processing complex, established by S. Harjit Singh at village Ghal Kalan, district Moga, was also conducted where the trainees learnt the tips to resolve the practical problems while establishing such complexes and for marketing of value added products.

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