CFTRI to develop tech for value-added nutritous food

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Kolkata, Aug 4 (UNI) The Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has taken up projects, commissioned by the Centre under the 11th Five Year Plan, to develop a technology for adding values in food items in terms of nutrients.

This was informed here today by CFTRI director Dr V Prakash, while speaking on the sidelines of an interactive session organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI).

Dr Prakash said the institute planned to develop the technology for processing around 40 such value added nutritious food in the next three years for the benefit of children as well as people suffering from malnutrition.

''Such products may be in the form of energy foods or malted items,'' he stated.

He told newspersons that the institute was only developing the technology, adding that the products could be marketted through government set-ups and Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

''The products would cost more as increase in the prices would be in accordance with the value-addition in terms of nutrients,'' he informed. For instance, in case of children, the value-addition would be to a tune of around 15 per cent and it would cost 12 per cent more than that of its contemporary versions in the markets, he explained.

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