Ludhiana, February 26, 2013: Around 30 researchers and scientists from African countries today visited the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) for getting first hand information regarding various activities initiated by the institute in area of post harvest sector and identifying various collaborative areas.
Dr P. Chandra Shekhra, Director (Agricultural Extension) of National Institute of Extension Management, Hyderabad, was leading the delegation of the countries from Liberia, Kenya and Malawi.
Addressing the scientists, Officiating Director Dr P.R Bhatnagar informed the delegation about contribution of the institute in post harvest sector and recent achievements. He added that CIPHET was among the 125 institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research across the country. Head Transfer of Technology Division Dr Deepak Raj Rai, said that they are conducting number of hands-on-rainings, entrepreneurship development programmes, providing consultancy and contract research for dissemination of the technologies.
Dr Shekhra said that the delegation was the outcome of the treaty between United States, India and African countries for ensuring food security in African countries.
Head of Agricultural Structure and Environmental Control Division Dr S.N Jha and Head of Food Grains and Oilseed Division Dr R.K Gupta and senior members of the faculty were also present on the occasion. Senior Scientist Dr Prasoon Verma proposed a vote of thanks. A film on activities of the CIPHET was also screened on the occasion.