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Karnataka Food Processing

by Krishnamoorthy K
This thread is for food processing, agrotech, agri-biotech industries.

  • Bangalore: Bangalore has proved cool for Coca Cola, as the global soft drink giant has finalised its plans to set up a fruit-based beverage plant at Bidadi on the city outskirts.

    Announcing this after inspecting the preparations for the Global Investors’ Meet at Palace Grounds, large and medium industries minister Murugesh Nirani said, “Coca Cola has decided to set up a huge fruit-based beverages plant at Bidadi, near its trademark soft drink plant.”

    The decision is a result of the state government’s special efforts to develop Karnataka as a premier destination for the food processing industry. A senior department official said, “The proposed Coca Cola plant will go a long way in helping farmers, especially those growing horticultural crops, to find a ready market for their produce. The Rs107-crore project will provide jobs to over 500 persons.”

    Nirani added that Cauvery water would be supplied to the plant, and no special arrangements were required to meet its water needs.

    The announcement came four days after processed food major Nestle India’s proposal to set up a Rs350-crore instant noodles and condiments manufacturing unit in Mysore, with an employment potential of about 630 persons. It is expected to start production within one year.

    Replying to a question about Hero Honda’s proposal to establish a two-wheeler production plant in Karnataka, Nirani, said the company was yet to finalise its decision: “Karnataka is among the top choices of the company to establish the plant,” he said.

    The two-day GIM would see the finalisation of over 400 investment proposals worth over Rs4 lakh-crore, that will generate employment for 5.82 lakh persons, Nirani said.

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  • The State Government is planning to intensify research in Horticulture by collaborating with the Central government, Chief Minsiter B S Yeddyurappa said here on Friday.

    Speaking at the inauguration of a national conference on horticulture biodiversity of livelihood, economic development and healthcare he said as a step towards enhancing horticulture in the State it has started post graduation, research and extension courses in Bangalore under the aegis of University of Horticulture Sciences (UHS), Bagalkot.

    He said UHS would be signing an MoU with Texas State University of Agriculture Sciences to set up an institute for high-level research on creating nutritious local fruits and vegetables to improve children’s health.

    UHS vice-chancellor Dr S B Dandin said the exhibition showcases biodiversity of horticulture crops in the country in general and Karnataka in particular.

    “In Karnataka out of 14 per cent of land, 34 per cent of GDP comes from Horticulture. Similarly, out of 13 per cent of land in India, Horticulture contributes 44 per cent of GDP,” he said.

    He also mentioned that horticulture was also the best solution for farmers facing crisis due to market and climate uncertainty.

    “We need to teach farmers to perform integrated farming system, where they grow variety of crops,” he said.

    The four-day conference and exhibition are organised by UHS along with Lt. Amit Singh Memorial Foundation, New Delhi.

    Nearly, 800 farmers are participating in the exhibition from across the country and have put up 180 stalls, which include mangoes, litchee, flowers and vegetables.

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  • Karnataka government is looking to maximise opportunities in horticulture production, processing and marketing. In this regard, it is focusing on two summer fruits-- mango and jack fruit.

    To begin with, it has announced an allocation of Rs 10 crore to set up the Mango Development Board at Kolar to carry out research on the varieties and also assess the processing prospects of the fruit. The proposal has been placed before the Cabinet, stated horticulture minister Umesh Katti.

    But in India, it is primarily grown in the coastal areas. "The workshop was a platform for marketing and processing opportunities for jack fruit farmers. There needs to be considerable efforts to look at increasing the production of jams, papads, pickles and chips," said Ravi Kumar, secretary, Jack Fruit Growers Association.

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    No jackfruit juice? Jackfruit smells too much. Should find a way to reduce the smell before preparing juice.
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  • BANGALORE: Karnataka is poised to become the leading food processing hub in India, according to a FICCI-Yes Bank report, thanks to a strong and expanding physical infrastructure base, specific supply strengths and opportunities arising out of gaps in the food value chain.

    The report, "Karnataka - An Attractive Investment Destination for the Food Processing Industry", released at the Global Investors' Meet here today, reveals that monthly per capita food expenditure trends in the state follow the same pattern as the rest of the nation.

    In urban Karnataka, while monthly per capita expenditure on low value food items like cereals and pulses increased by about 73 per cent and 102 per cent between 1993-94 and 2006-07, spending on beverages and processed food has increased by a massive 144 per cent.

    "Clearly, the food processing industry is on the threshold of demand-led growth in the country and within the state of Karnataka," the report said.

    It says Karnataka boasts of specific supply strengths, giving the state a comparative advantage to become a leading food processing hub of the country. With 10 agro-climatic zones and land topography highly suitable for agriculture, Karnataka is one of the most agriculturally diverse states in India.

    It is estimated that about 83 per cent of the geographic area of the state is suitable for agriculture, of which 64.60 per cent is under agricultural cultivation.

    Consequently, Karnataka is the largest producer of ragi, sunflower, tomato, coffee and arecanut and the second largest producer of maize, safflower, grapes, pomegranate and onion.

    The state is also the largest producer of spices, aromatic and medicinal plants in the country. In addition, the state has a wealth of livestock and marine resources that augur well for processing of dairy, meat, fish and shrimp.

    Karnataka, the report points out, also takes pride in having a strong and expanding infrastructure base for setting up food processing facilities in the state.

    Karnataka has an excellent road network of about 52,000 km, a railway network of about 3,180 km, two major and eight minor ports, five domestic airports and two international airports. The state also has very strong agri-infrastructure, including 146 main market yards, 352 sub-market yards, 138 cold storages of about 0.4 million tonnes capacity and warehousing capacity of about 1.95 million tonnes.

    These strengths are further augmented by policy-makers' efforts to promote development of supporting agri-infrastructure, especially through initiatives like crop cluster development, food parks, agri-economic zones and agri-SEZs among others, it said.

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  • * 14 acres of land for Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology
    * Agri-biotech firms to be encouraged to start units

    Bangalore:Biotechnology projects worth Rs. 150 million with a potential to generate more than 8,000 jobs are on the anvil, Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister for IT/BT and BWSSB, said here on Thursday.

    Speaking after inaugurating a session on “Investment Opportunities in Karnataka : Biotech Sector” at the Global Investors Meet, the Minister said the Government was keen on encouraging Agri-Biotech companies to start units in Karnataka. “We will provide you all the required infrastructure, land, water and power,” he said.

    The Minister said the Government had identified 14 acres of land for an Indian Institute of Nano Science and Technology, 17 acres for Tata Institute for Fundamental Research and International Centre for Theoretical Sciences in Karnataka.

    He said the Government had partnered with Bangalore Helix, the biggest bio cluster, by initiating the “2009 Millennium Biotech Policy.”

    H. Sharatchandra, IISC Professor, spoke about how scientists from Karnataka pioneered research in various fields, especially tuberculosis and malaria.

    To mark the occasion, a MoU was signed between the State Government and Green R and D Centre of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

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  • * It has adequate infrastructure support and investor-friendly atmosphere
    * ‘The State has 161 cold storage units and 150 warehouses
    * Coca-Cola has plans to set up its third bottling plant in Bidadi

    Bangalore: With a strong and expanding infrastructure base, specific supply strengths and opportunities arising out of gaps in the food value chain, Karnataka is poised to become a leading food processing hub in the country.

    A sector profile report on the food processing industry released during the Global Investors' Meet stated that the support of adequate cold storage and warehousing infrastructure, trained and skilled manpower, long tradition of research capabilities, strong connectivity with national and international markets and an investor-friendly government provided a firm base for agro-processing industry to flourish.

    With 161 cold storage units and 150 warehouses across the State, the capacity for processing agri-produce was high. With a proposal to expand the air network across the State, there would be a significant increase in the speed with which produce could reach domestic and international markets, it said.

    Recent investment proposals in the food processing sector included Coca-Cola's plan to establish its third bottling plant in the State with an investment of Rs. 107 crore in the Bidadi industrial area, while Gujarat Ambuja Exports Limited would set up a maize starch plant in Shiggaon taluk of Haveri district with an investment of Rs. 100 crore, the report said.

    Besides these investments, the State Government has proposed to set up a food park at Ittangihala village in Bijapur. It is proposed to establish citrus, banana, pomegranate, grape (for wine manufacturing), and other fruit processing industries in this food park. Selection of private entrepreneurs for establishing the park is in progress. The project cost has been estimated at Rs. 23.84 crore.

    Food parks

    The State, which is the second largest milk and third largest fruit producer in the country, has four food parks and another six have been proposed on the basis of public-private partnership. A spice park will be set up in Belgaum.

    While monthly per capita expenditure on low value food items such as cereals and pulses increased by about 73 per cent and 102 per cent between 1993-94 and 2006-07, spending on beverages and processed food has increased by 144 per cent.

    In fact, Karnataka is the largest producer of ragi, sunflower, tomato, coffee and arecanut and second largest producer of maize, safflower, grapes, pomegranate and onion.

    The State boasts of specific supply strengths, giving it a comparative advantage to become a leading food processing hub of the country. With 10 agro-climatic zones and land topography highly suitable for agriculture, Karnataka is one of the most agriculturally diverse States in India.

    It is estimated that 83 per cent of the geographic area of the State is suitable for agriculture, of which 64.60 per cent is under agriculture.

    The State is also the largest producer of spices, aromatic and medicinal plants in the country.

    In addition, the State has a wealth of livestock and marine resources that augur well for processing of dairy, meat, fish and shrimp.

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  • "Despite the favourable agriculture development indicators including 10 agro climatic zones, industry-friendly climate and availability of capital new industries in the sector including the Food Parks had not come up as required. “What is lacking is a mechanism to pep up the investor spirit. There is a need for transformational initiatives by the state government like speedy clearances and quick decisions to fast track food processing projects,”

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    Karnataka signs MoUs for 33 food processing projects valued at Rs 1,121 cr. during GIM (

    The Karnataka government has announced 33 food processing projects to come up at a cost of Rs 1,121 crore. The memorandum of understanding with the companies was signed during the Global Investors Meet that concluded here last week. The projects expected to come up included UB Group’s beer manufacturing unit at Nanjangud in Mysore at a cost of Rs 45 crore, Premium Farm Fresh to set up three private wholesale markets at Shimoga, Kolar and Belgaum at an investment of around Rs 350 crore.
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  • M'lore, Belthangady APMCs to get facelift

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    BANGALORE June 21, 2010: Mangalore and Belthangady Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) along with 37 other APMCs will get electronic price ticker boards to display of spot and futures market prices of farm commodities in the local language on a real time basis daily.

    This was announced by a team of officials of National Multi- Exchange (NMCE) here after meeting the Karnataka Chief Secretary S V Ranganath on Monday.

    APMCs such as Aurad, Bangalore, Belthangadi, Bijapur, Davanagere, Doddaballapur, Gowribidanur, Hosadurga, Hubli, Huliyar, Husur, Karwar, Magnalore, Mysore, Manvi, Shimoga, Kushalnagar, Kodagu would be included under the project, they said.

    The electronic price ticker boards would be installed under the Price Dissemination Project of the Centre. The project is envisaged dissemination of prices of commodities to the farmers and other stakeholders in the farm sector.

    Anil Mishra, CEO, The National Multi- Exchange (NMCE) and B C Khatua, chairman, Forward Market Commission, made the power point presentation of future trading in India and drawn the comparison with stock market trading.

    They told presspersons that ticker boards would be installed in 39 APMCs in another two months in 2010-11 and the cost of each board would be Rs one lakh each. The rest of the APMCs would be covered in the second phase. There are 146 APMCs and 352 sub-markets in the State.

    The project would especially benefit farmers in taking their cropping decisions and post harvest marketing decisions.

    The project would ensure that farmers get the right price for their produce. The provider of ticket boards has been entrusted the maintenance for the next three years. Project implementation started during 2009-10 and so far 183 ticker boards have been installed in various APMCs in 14 States.

    It was targeted to cover 1,000 APMCs in 2010-11. It was proposed to cover all 7,500 APMCs in the country in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012).

    The project is being implemented by the Forward Markets Commission in association with the four National Exchanges. The price ticker boards would display physical market prices of important APMCs or Mandis and futures market prices discovered on the trading platform of the National Commodity Exchanges.

    Implementation of the project would help all stakeholders in the agricultural sector to take informed decision on production (cropping and acreage), marketing and sourcing as well as use the futures market for hedging themselves against price risks, Mr Misra and Mr Khatua said.

    They ruled out that the future market has no role in increasing the prices of commodities and the inflation was decided by supply and demand for the produce. Union Consumer Affairs Secretary Rajiv Aggarwal was also present.
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  • India: Karnataka signs MoUs for 33 food processing projects

    The Karnataka government has announced 33 food processing projects to come up at a cost of Rs 1,121 crore. The memorandum of understanding with the companies was signed during the Global Investors Meet that concluded here last week. The projects expected to come up included UB Group’s beer manufacturing unit at Nanjangud in Mysore at a cost of Rs 45 crore, Premium Farm Fresh to set up three private wholesale markets at Shimoga, Kolar and Belgaum at an investment of around Rs 350 crore.

    According to Karnataka agriculture minister S A Ravindranath, the state has the potential to become an agriculture hub for food processing in the country. With fertile soil and six major agro-climatic zones, the state is noted for its high volume and variety produce along with an abundant marine supply.

    “The support of cold chain and warehousing infrastructure, trained and skilled manpower, research capabilities, connectivity to national and international markets along with the industrial-friendly policy of the government provided a firm base for the agro processing industry to flourish,” he added.

    In his address on the food processing opportunities in the state, Dr V Prakash, director, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, said that the state which was once ranked number one, was now at the fourth place in fruit production and was estimated to slip to 17th position by 2014 if the right efforts were mot made.

    He urged the government to increase the efforts to improve food production in the state emphasising the need to drive investments in creating value--added products and strong partnerships as the need of the hour.

    Food technology (FT) was bigger than Information Technology (IT) and Biotechnology (BT), if the total IT and BT population accounted for about 1.2 billion people FT accounted for 3.6 billion.

    “That is why we are eating our meals,” Dr Prakash said.

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    Bacardi Martini is already brewing in Mysore,now UB Group will also start brewing :drunk:
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  • Shree Renuka Sugars renegotiates Equipav deal news
    23 June 2010
    Shree Renuka Sugars, India's biggest refiner, has successfully renegotiated its February 2010 acquisition price with Brazilian company Equipav SA Acucar e Alcool that will enable it to take a controlling stake in it at a saving of $79 million.

    On 22 February 2010, Shree Renuka had said that it agreed to pay $329 million (Rs1,530 crore) for a 50.79-per cent stake in Equipav, subject to lenders to Equipav approving a restructuring of debt of the Brazilian company. (See: Shree Renuka buys sugar maker Equipav in second Brazilian deal)

    As on 31 December 2009, Equipav had debt of Rs3,821 crore, which was being restructured by its lenders.

    As per the new terms of the deal, Shree Renuka will now pay $250 million for a 50.34 per cent stake, valuing Brazil's seventh-largest sugar maker at $1.147 billion.

    Shree Renuka renegotiated the deal and Equipav's lenders agreed to reduce a significant amount of debt, where the Belgaum, Karnataka-based company will now repay the debt in10 years instead of the 8 years agreed earlier.

    Equipav is Brazil's seventh-largest sugar maker with a cane crushing capacity of 10.5 million tonnes a year at two plants in Sao Paolo.
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    Way to go Renuka Sugars,you are soon poised to be India's number one sugar refiner.
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  • Hulasogi to get ‘country's biggest' maize processing unit

    Staff Correspondent

    The unit will have a processing capacity of 750 tonnes a day

    It is expected to provide employment to nearly 250 people

    HUBLI: Chairman of Gujarat Ambuja Exports Ltd. Vijay Gupta has said that the maize processing unit being set up by the company at Hulasogi village in Shiggaon taluk of Haveri district, with an investment of Rs. 110 crore, will be the biggest such unit in the country.

    He was speaking to presspersons here on Friday, after participating in the “bhoomi puja” for the construction of the building at Hulasogi.

    Mr. Gupta said the new plant, to be located in a 54-acre area at Hulasogi, would have a processing capacity of 750 tonnes of maize a day and would initially generate four products from corn.

    “By next July, we plan to complete the project and commission it,” the chairman revealed.

    Once commissioned, the unit would provide direct employment to 250 people and would indirectly provide employment to hundreds of others, he claimed.

    Executive Director of the company Sandeep Agarwal said the process of recruiting people for the unit had already begun. Only local candidates would be considered, he added.


    Mr. Agarwal said that concessions from the State Government were not the only reason for the company to set up its unit in the State. “Around 30 lakh tonnes of maize is produced annually in Karnataka. The farmers in Shiggoan produce around 5 lakh tonnes of maize, which is more than our requirement,” he said.

    The company would be setting up its own 5 MW power plant, he said.

    They had sought an additional 41 acres of land at Hulasogi as the company had plans to set up other units at the same location and was hopeful of getting the permission.

    He clarified that the company had directly purchased the land from the farmers after getting requisite permission from the Deputy Commissioner.
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  • NEW DELHI: FMCG major Nestle on Wednesday said it will invest Rs 350 crore to set up a manufacturing plant in Karnataka to produce the 'Maggi' range of food products.

    The 'Maggi' range includes noodles, soups, ketchups among others.

    The company, which has seven other manufacturing plants in different parts of the country, also said it will increase the capacities of those units.

    Confirming the development, a spokesperson said that the company has "already laid the foundation stone for a new culinary plant in Nanjangud (Karnakata), which is estimated to require an investment of around Rs 350 crore."

    The spokesperson, however, declined to give further details on the capacity of the plant and by when it is likely to be operational.

    At present, the company has seven plants in India located at Moga in Punjab, Samalkha in Haryana, Ponda and Bicholim in Goa, Pantanagar in Uttarakhand, and Choladi in Tamil Nadu.

    According to analysts, the capacity expansion will lead to a 55 per cent increase in its expenditure by 2011 over the previous two years.

    According to brokerage firm Motilal Oswal Securities, Nestle's capex is likely to touch Rs 700 crore in the 2009- 2011 period, as against Rs 450 crore in the previous two years.

    It said Nestle is likely to enhance its capacity at its plants at Moga and Samalkha and other locations.

    The Nestle spokesperson, however, did not elaborate on the plans but said: "Nestle India has been growing strongly in a sustained manner and to ensure the growth momentum we will continue to invest in capacity expansion as required, both at existing or new sites."

    The analysts pointed out that 'Maggi' range, which includes noodles, soups, ketchups among others, has 25.8 per cent volume growth in the last six months.

    Even as the estimated Rs 1,150 crore Indian noodles market saw entry of rivals GSK Consumer and Hindustan Unilever, the "flagship Maggi noodles continues to enjoy good consumer franchise", they said.

    Besides, the company's extension of brand into the pasta category and the launch of 'Maggi Resile chow' at Rs 4 in the interiors boosted its sales, it added.

    Nestle India reported a 20.3 per cent increase in its net profit to Rs 194.8 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. The company's net sales touched Rs 1,466.7 crore during the quarter, translating into a growth of 21.3 per cent over the same quarter last year.

    During the six months period between January and June, 2010, the company's prepared dishes and cooking aids, which are mainly sold under the 'Maggi' brand, accounts 26.3 per cent to its overall sales.

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  • With the South accounting for nearly 48% of the India business, Coca-Cola is all set to establish a manufacturing base in Karnataka with an outlay of Rs 500 crore. The company is in negotiations with the state government for allotment of land in Yadgir district. "Going by the market requirements and launch of more fruit-based drinks, we are in the process of finalizing plans for a manufacturing base in Karnataka," said Deepak Kaul, vice-president (south), Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages. The new manufacturing base is planned for fruit-based drinks. The market for drinks served in PET bottles is set for a big surge and the plant aims to address that demand.

    Kaul made this announcement in Hyderabad while launching a brand promotion drive under Thums Up KhaalejaUnda, an initiative for consumers in Andhra Pradesh, inviting people to drink Thums Up and take part in a contest and win prizes.

    At present the company has 52 bottling plants, of which 25 are franchise-owned and the rest are company-owned. The plant in Karnataka will be a company-owned one.

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    Ricardo Fort (left), vice-president (marketing) of Coca-Cola India, with Vikas Chawla, vice-president (franchise bottling operations), in Calcutta on Tuesday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

    Calcutta, Aug. 17: Coca-Cola is giving final touches to its three-year investment plan for India.

    The company, which has invested $250 million in the last three years, will submit its proposal to the global management for approval by November, a senior company official said.

    “It (the plan) should be ready within the next one or two months,” Ricardo Fort, vice-president (marketing) of Coca-Cola India, said.

    The Coca-Cola group has already committed an additional investment of $50 million for a bottling plant in north Karnataka. Till now, the company has invested $1.1 billion in India.

    Coca-Cola, which has its head office in Atlanta in the US, has two types of bottling operations in the country. While the company owns some plants, others belong to private entities.

    The brand has a varied portfolio, which includes fizzy drinks such as Thums Up, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta and Limca, juices such as Maaza and Minute Maid, Kinley packaged drinking water and Georgia tea and coffee.

    Coca-Cola will not expand its sugar-free drink portfolio. The company produces the sugar-free drink — Coke Zero — which is imported.

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  • Ajay Sukumaran
    Posted: Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 at 2258 hrs IST
    Updated: Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 at 2258 hrs IST

    Bangalore: SABMiller India, India’s second largest beer company by market share, plans to build a new brewery in Karnataka in the next two years to increase capacity in the profitable state where its existing plant is facing a capacity constraint.

    “Right now, Karnataka is definitely a priority with us,” said SABMiller corporate affairs director Sundeep Kumar. “The current capacity is very low. We are having to import from Pondicherry to serve the market.”

    Kumar said it was early to comment on the size of the brewery or the investment involved but said they are aiming to set it up within two years. “We are still finalising the land,” he said.

    SABMiller has invested $600 million over the past five years in modernising and expanding its brewery network across the country. Last year, it commissioned a brownfield plant in Haryana while in previous years it had doubled capacity at Charminar Breweries in Andhra Pradesh besides modernising two plants in Maharashtra and in Rajasthan.

    The expansion in Karnataka would entail the relocation of the existing brewery at Bangalore, which was the first major acquisition of the UK-based beer giant’s India arm after it entered the country a decade ago.

    The proposed brewery would help reduce transportation costs and interstate excise duties it currently incurs by supplying from the Pondicherry brewery.

    SABMiller has 30% market share in India which saw sales of around 200 million cases in 2009-10. The company owns brands such as Fosters, Knockout, Haywards, Royal Challenge and Indus Pride and also markets its premium international brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro locally. According to Kumar, Karnataka is among the most-profitable states though Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu sell higher volumes.

    Meanwhile, United Breweries Ltd, India’s largest brewer with 50% market share, said last week that it plans to build a new plant in Nanjangud in southern Karnataka in the next 12 months, besides investing Rs 200 crore every year over the next two to three years.

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  • Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing & Export Corporation Limited has planned to set up two more cold storage units in Hubli and Bagalkot. In this regard, the Corporation has floated tenders and are looking for responses from technically competent companies to set up the same in north Karnataka.

    At Amargol in Hubli, KAPPEC is looking to construct a pack house with grading cooling line, pre-cooling units, high refrigerated cold storage, reefer vans, commercial cold rooms of 2,000 tonnes, apart from ripening chambers, administrative block, lab and all other allied equipment at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Corporation in Hubli.

    A similar infrastructure with a capacity of 1,500 tonnes for pomegranate aril packaging units is being envisaged at Bagalkot.

    According to the Karnataka government, the state had 161 cold storage units and more than 150 warehouses, therefore, had the capacity for processing agri produce. The exports of agri produce accounted for Rs 956 crore. The key products were coffee, cashew, cashew kernel, processed foods, spices and marine produce.

    Some of the lacunae in the sector are that most cold storages in the state are conventional and are not equipped to handle multiple products at a time. The infrastructure for sorting and grading at farm level was limited and the lack of roads and constant power failure added to the woes of the cold chain centres.

    Early this year, in an interaction with F&B News, KJ Devandrappa, managing director, KAPPEC, had stated that Belgaum Integrated cold storage unit for fruits and vegetables was set up by the Belgaum Agro Pvt. Ltd. The company had come forward and requested for 30 % equity by KAPPEC which would chip in Rs 80 lakh. The second was the mango-tomato processing unit under the aegis of the Jai Hindustan Agro Pvt. Ltd in Kolar district.

    F&B had earlier reported that KAPEEC had also commissioned the public-private partnership effort of the Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) unit at Kustagi in Koppal district, for export of lady’s finger, strawberry, capsicum, mango, papaya, green peas and pomegranate arils which were stored under 22 degree celsius for supplies to the Europe markets. This also covered an integrated cold storage for pomegranate and grapes at Bagalkot.

    Viewing the promising prospects in Karnataka, experts opined that establishment of pack houses for pomegranates, grapes, vegetables was the need of the hour. Efforts to set up banana ripening chambers, was also indicated.

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  • The Union Government has approved the establishment of 4 food parks in the State of Karnataka at Bagalkot, Jewargi, Hirriyur and Malur during 8th to 10th Plan periods at an approved grant of Rs.4.00 crore each. Out of total approved Grant of Rs.16.00 crore, amount of Grant released by the Government till date is Rs.7.00 crore.

    The instalments of Grant are released subject to reaching prescribed milestones in the project by the implementing agencies and submission of requisite documents/information as per the scheme guidelines.

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  • NEW DELHI -(Dow Jones)- Coca-Cola Co. (KO) plans to invest a total of INR5.5 billion ($121 million) to build a new manufacturing facility in India as the company augments production capacity for soft-drinks and noncarbonated beverages in one of its fastest-growing markets.

    The factory will be built in southern Karnataka state's newly carved Yadgir district and will increase Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co.'s total investment in India to more than $1.2 billion, T. Krishnakumar, chief executive of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., told Dow Jones Newswires.

    "The company will invest INR2.5 billion to set up the facility," Krishnakumar said. "We have also provisioned to infuse an additional INR3 billion in the second phase."

    Hindustan Coca-Cola is the wholly owned bottling unit of Coca-Cola Co. in India, Asia's third-biggest economy.

    Krishnakumar said work on the new plant will start as soon as the company receives all the necessary approvals.

    -By Santanu Choudhury, Dow Jones Newswires; +91-11-4356-3305;

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  • Establishment of 4 Food Parks in Karnataka okayed

    Bangalore Sept 23: The Centre has approved the establishment of four food parks in Karnataka at Bagalkot, Jewargi, Hirriyur and Malur during 8th to 10th Plan periods at an approved grant of Rs four crore each.

    Out of total approved grant of Rs 16 crore, amount of grant released by the Centre till date is Rs seven crore, an official release said here today.

    The instalments of grant are released, subject to reaching prescribed milestones in the project by the implementing agencies and submission of requisite documents or information as per the scheme guidelines.

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    - engineer.akash, 2 years ago
  • When do you launch your ready-to-eat products internationally?

    We have been exporting these products and expanding our capacities. Our new Rs 200-crore processing plant at Davanagere in Karnataka will be operational by April next, adding to our Pune plant capacities. This second plant will expand our capacities and we can open more of the Venky’s XPRS fast food outlets, with at least 40 in another three years.

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  • Bidar: The State Government will build a cold storage unit at a cost of Rs. 8.3 crore in Humnabad, Minister for Mass Education and Libraries, and in charge of Bidar district Revu Naik Belamagi has said.

    He was speaking here on Monday after inaugurating the Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations at the Nehru Stadium.

    Mr. Belamagi said the facility would come up along the Solapur-Machalipattanam National Highway. It would help farmers store horticulture produce for longer periods before transporting the produce to markets of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

    According to him, the unit would be built with assistance from the Union and State governments. “Memoranda of understanding have already been signed. The climate of the district is suited for horticulture crops. The cold storage unit will add to the growth of the sector,” he said.


    The Minister said the Global Investors Meet had opened up several employment opportunities for the youth in the State. “We expect various companies to invest around Rs. 5 lakh crore in the next few years. This will lead to an industrial revolution in the State and transform our lives,” he said.

    Listing the achievements of the Government, Mr. Belamagi said that drinking water supply and underground drainage would be provided in Bidar and Basavakalyan, with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank.

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  • CAMPCO to set up kaju-supari unit

    Raviprasad Kamila

    It is looking to scale up production of ‘kaju-supari'

    It will also set up an R&D wing

    MANGALORE: Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO), Mangalore, will set up a ‘kaju-supari' (a mixture of cashew nut and arecanut) manufacturing unit at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada, according to its president Konkodi Padmanabha.

    He told The Hindu that the cooperative would also set up a research and development (R&D) wing.

    ‘Looking for land'

    The plan for the kaju-supari unit is ready. “We are looking for land,” Mr. Padmanabha said.

    He said that at present CAMPCO was outsourcing the production of kaju-supari, a value-added product, and that small quantities were being manufactured.

    It planned to manufacture it on a large scale after setting up the unit in Puttur as there was good demand for the product.

    Farm mechanisation

    Mr. Padmanabha said that CAMPCO, which is a multi-State cooperative of Karnataka and Kerala, would set up an R&D wing, particularly to promote farm mechanisation.

    Growing scarcity of farm workers and skilled workers had forced farmers to look for equipment that was manageable and user-friendly. For example, farmers were looking for a machine to climb areca palms, a device to remove weeds and so on. The R&D wing would concentrate on developing such equipment, he said.

    Mr. Padmanabha added that CAMPCO's engineers at Puttur had developed a machine to dehusk arecanut. It was being tested to know the drawbacks at the practical level. Farmers should be able to use it to dehusk arecanut on a mass scale at an affordable cost.

    It would be released in the market after addressing the problems, he added.

    Arecanut purchased

    He said the cooperative had purchased 32,000 quintals of white arecanut procured from farmers under the market intervention scheme of the Government this year.

    The State Government had appointed CAMPCO as its nodal agency to procure arecanut by paying the minimum support price of Rs. 75 a kg to farmers. In that, the Centre's share was Rs. 69 and State's Rs. 6.

    CAMPCO purchased the entire lot of 32,000 quintals from the Government for Rs. 30 crore at the rate of Rs. 92 a kg. It helped in stabilising the price of white arecanut at Rs. 92 a kg in the market, managing director of CAMPCO A.S. Bhat said.

    If the Government had auctioned the 32,000 quintals, there were chances of price fluctuations in the market as bidders would have quoted different prices just above Rs. 75 a kg and a single businessman would not have purchased the entire lot, Mr. Bhat said.

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  • CFTRI and DFRL view Food Technology as critical component to facilitate efficiency
    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 08:00 IST
    Our Bureau, Bangalore

    Food Technology is the next growth driver of the economy after information technology and biotechnology, said Dr V Prakash, director, Central Food Research Technology Institute(CFTRI).

    According to Dr A S Bawa, director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), technology infusion in food has revolutionised the food processing industry.

    Both CFRTI and DFRL in Mysore are the country’s premier centres of technology hubs driving innovation and novel advances for the food industry.

    From a chappati maker for industry use to Meat, Fish and Poultry and Freeze Drying Technology for the armed forces, both CFTRI and DFRL have provided state-of-the-art solutions. These technologies have been transferred to the industry. A case in point is the retort pouch for MTR Foods which was developed by DFRL. The retort packaging material revolutionised the food processing industry with the concept of ready-to-eat and heat-and-eat offerings.

    CFTRI offers its expertise in process engineering & plant design, basic food system & processes, technology options. Assistance is also extended for analytical testing of products. There are also several technologies to assist the nutritional, chemical, biophysical, toxicological, microbiological, sensorial profiling and physiological traits of various food components.

    Technology is a critical component to facilitate efficiency, stated Dr Prakash.

    The result of such technology for testing foods will provide the viability, quality and grade of a particular product. Before launching a specific food item in the market different companies often wish to verify the authenticity of their products through the help of Central Food Technological Research Institute.

    The research and development department specialises in fruit and vegetable technology, biochemistry nutrition, sensory science, lipid science and traditional food, flour milling, baking & confectionery, food engineering, grain science and technology, food safety & analytical quality control laboratory, plant cell biotechnology, food microbiology, fermentation technologies and bioengineering, meat, fish and poultry technology.

    The Food Institute provides a comprehensive and effective solution base to the food industries through its high-end resources and well-trained personnel.

    With the global and national food industry becoming technology intensive and requiring high degree of automation, there are several training programmes in food technology which have the job opportunities, stated Dr Prakash.

    DFRL under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, caters to the varied food challenges of our Army, Navy and Air Force and Para-military forces. This is the only laboratory, which is exclusively engaged in research and development in the field of Defence Food Science and Technology. Prior to the inception of DFRL, the laboratory functioned as a Food Group at Defence Science Laboratory, Delhi.

    “Through the efforts of its scientists and technologists, over the last 35 years, it has been able to conserve, preserve, stabilise, design, fabricate and engineer a vast array of foods of Indian dietary which are not only shelf stable under all weather conditions but deliver adequate nutrition and calories to keep the morale of our service personnel high at all times,” stated Dr Bawa.

    DFRL has excellent infrastructure and is carrying out Research and Development work in Preservation and Packaging of Food Materials, Fruits and Vegetables Technology, Cereals, Pulses and Food Additives Technology, Food Microbiology, Food Biochemistry and Nutrition Evaluation. Contaminants & Safety Evaluation. It also has a major wing for Training, Consultancy and Extension Services.

    In the area of scientific and technological achievements, DFRL, has catered to the needs of Armed forces providing the technologies for the development of pack rations, preservation and packaging methods for long distance transportation of perishable products. The Laboratory has also developed the science for evaluation of nutritional requirements of troops deployed under different climatic conditions, quality assurance methods for pack rations, establishment of commercial sources of supply of the products developed in the laboratory.

    Besides developing novel food products like Calorie and Nutrients dense food bars, it has also been successful in the development of full meal Compo pack ration, supplementary Compo pack ration, Meals-Ready-to-Eat ration for Naval commandos and Emergency-cum-Survival rations for Army, Navy and Air Force. Many of these products have found immense applications in institutional catering and organised feeding programmes undertaken by the Railways, Airlines, Educational Institutions and Hospitals.

    “DFRL has pioneered the R&D work in the field of thermal preservation of foods in flexible pouches. The processing equipment and materials have been indigenously designed. Extensive work has been carried out in standardising the processing conditions for different types of vegetarian and meat based products,” said Dr. Bawa.

    Further, the Laboratory also designs and supplies pack rations for expeditions and critical missions including Antarctica expedition, mountaineering expeditions (Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi and Mount Everest), rowing expeditions and for the Indian Space Mission.

    As part of its business development initiatives, DFRL has been a hub for technology transfer. From retort processed foods and tender coconut water in sachets, many of the processes and technologies are suitable and adaptable to cottage scale or small-scale industry level operations.

    In an effort to create the qualified personnel pool who have a scientific bent of mind with an eye for technology, DFRL which has been recognised by many universities as centre for advanced research leading to post-graduate and doctoral degrees in Food Science and Technology, The course is expected to meet the trained manpower requirement of the nascent food industries for their quality assurance services, stated Dr Bawa.

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  • KMF to set up mega dairy for Rs 90 cr
    BS Reporter / Chennai/ Bangalore January 15, 2011, 0:17 IST

    The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) is planning to set up a mega dairy in Bangalore with a capacity of 1 million litres per day at a cost of Rs 90 crore. The new dairy will cater to the export orders, a top KMF official said.

    “We are getting a lot of export orders for supply of milk from countries in the Far East and West Asia. We need to set up a new dairy to exclusively cater to the export orders. We want to process and pack the milk in ultra high temperature (UHT) packs and export,” G Somashekhar Reddy, chairman, KMF said.

    Presently, KMF exports seven containers of milk (1 container = 16,000 litres) to Singapore. It also supplies milk to neighbouring states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Goa, apart from supplying 800,000 litres to the Indian Army every quarter.

    Talking to reporters here after launching 10 new value-added products, he said the federation would seek financial assistance from the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and Karnataka government apart from its own internal accruals.

    The KMF, which presently sells 4.2 million litres of milk per day, is planning to double its sales to 8 million litres per day in the next five years. “We are confident of doubling our sales as we have a lot of demand from both within the country and abroad. We are encouraging our farmer members to increase their daily output by giving them remunerative prices,” Reddy said.

    In order to encourage farmers to produce more milk, the KMF is planning to raise the procurement price by another Rs 2 per litre. Presently, it pays Rs 18.50 per litre to farmers. At the same time, the federation is looking at increasing the retail milk prices by another Rs 2 or Rs 3 per litre. Presently it sells standard toned milk at Rs 19 per litre.

    “We have approached chief minister B S Yeddyurappa his approval for increasing the prices. Once the government approves it, we wish to increase milk prices from March 1, 2011,” Reddy said.

    The KMF, today, launched a slew of value-added products under the ‘Nandini’ brand to increase its bouquet of products to over 50. The new products are fruit yoghurt, dry fruits burfi, khova jamoon, assorted sweets packs, sugar free pedha, low fat UHT ice cream, sugar free pro-biotic frozen food, rasgulla and cheddar cheese.

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  • Karnataka eyes Indian diaspora to promote dairy exports
    Bangalore, Jan 17, (IANS) :

    As the second largest milk producer after Gujarat in India, Karnataka is eying the large Indian diaspora to promote dairy exports and make a mark in overseas markets with a range of ethnic sweets, from Mysore pak to peda.

    "We are getting a lot of enquiries from countries across southeast Asia, the far East, West Asia and north Africa for our export quality milk and dairy products, as Indian expatriates living there want to savour ethnic sweets," state-run Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) Chairman G. Somashekara Reddy told IANS.

    Encouraged by the growing response from Singapore, where four containers of 18,000 litres each of milk are shipped every month, and export of skimmed milk powder in sizeable quantities to Philippines and Thailand, the federation is in talks with dairy importers in Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to export its products.

    "As our commitment is to first meet the local demand and that in the neighbouring states, we are targeting the collection of seven million litres of milk per day over the next five years from the current 4.2 million litres daily to export the surplus milk and milk-based products," Reddy said on the margins of an event to mark the harvest festival Makara Sankranti Saturday.

    With 65 percent market share in the state, the federation sells around three million litres of milk per day and processes the remaining 1.2 million litres for export.

    For catering to new export markets, the federation this year is setting up a dedicated mega dairy in this tech hub with a capacity of one million litres per day at an estimated cost of Rs.90 crore ($19 million) and an exclusive processing unit to roll out a variety of dairy products, especially ethnic sweets that are in great demand among the Indian diaspora in Asia and Africa.

    The state-run National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the state government will have 30 percent equity stake each in the new plant, which will be located adjacent to the first mega dairy in the city that is catering to Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. The federation will contribute the remaining 40 percent of the equity.

    "Cow milk is packed into a six-layered tamper proof tetrapak brick after treating it in ultra high temperature (UHT) for four seconds and then cooled to room temperature to ensure longer shelf life and maintain quality," Reddy said.

    According to KMF marketing director Ravi Kumar Kakde, the UHT process involves heating milk for four seconds at 137 degrees Celsius in a closed, pre-sterilised system.

    "The high temperature boiling enables the process to kill all bacteria in the milk while preserving all its nutrients intact. The milk also undergoes a special homogenisation process to ensure its fat content (3.5 percent) is retained uniformly," Kakde noted.

    The federation exports the ready-to-drink milk under its famous Nandini Good Life brand, with 180 days (six months) shelf life and needs no refrigeration until opened.

    Among its ethnic sweets, which are also marketed under the Nandini label, the state's famous Mysore Pak is the most sought after by expatriates.

    About 50 percent of the 27-million strong Indian diaspora in over 150 countries are located in the Asian and African regions, with a majority of them in the Gulf and Southeast Asia.

    "As ethnic sweets and other dairy products are milk-based and hence perishable, stringent hygienic standards are maintained to ensure their flavour and quality are retained without preservatives," Kakde asserted.

    Besides Mysore Pak, the federation makes assorted sweets, including dry fruit burfi, khova jamoon, rosogolla and sugar-free peda for domestic and export markets.

    Cheddar cheese, paneer (cottage cheese), yoghurt and cream are among 50 products processed by the federation for local and overseas markets.

    The federation works with 13 milk producers' cooperative societies across the state, with about a million members, including marginal farmers and self-help groups headed mostly by women.

    During June-February, the federation also supplies milk and dairy products to the Indian Army and the Border Security Force.

    Reddy, a legislator of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party from the rich mining district of Bellary in north Karnataka, is the younger brother of the two Reddy ministers - G.

    Karunakara (revenue) and G. Janardhan (infrastructure and tourism) - in the first government of the party in the state.

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  • SABMiller to set up new brewery in Karnataka

    By PTI Feb 16 2011

    UK-based beer major SABMiller today said it will set up a new brewery in
    Karnataka by 2013 as it expects its sales to double in the next five years.

    "We are expanding our production capacity at present. We will set up a greenfield brewery in Karnataka to serve the market," SABMiller India Director (Corporate Affairs) Sundeep Kumar said.

    The company is in the process of finalising the location and purchasing land for the purpose, he added.

    Kumar, however, declined to give details such as likely capacity and investment in the proposed plant saying "we will be able to tell you only after acquiring the land".

    Usually, about 18 months are required to set up a such facility and the planned unit is likely to be operational by 2013, he added.

    The company has 10 breweries in various places such as Neemrana, Paradeep, Aurangabad, Pondicherry and Bangalore with a total annual production of 60 million cases. It also has three contract bottlers.

    "If the market grows at the current rate, we expect our sales and production to be double in the next five years," Kumar said, adding that the company would only expand its existing units after the completion of the proposed brewery.

    According to SABMiller estimates, the Indian beer market is around 200 million cases annually and it is growing at 15 per cent a year. The company claims to have about 25 per cent of the domestic market with brands like Haywards 5000, Foster's, Indus Pride, Peroni, Royal Challenge and Knock Out.
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  • Mysore defence lab ‘currys’ forward the good work

    Soldiers and paramilitary troops deployed at forward positions in mountainous terrains of Jammu and Kashmir and in naxal-infested forests of Chhattisgarh will now get to savour a new meal every day.

    Mysore-based Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) which has been involved in developing food products for the armed and paramilitary forces will dish out a new menu everyday of the week to cater to the palate of the jawans.

    “We are in the process of developing seven different Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for soldiers and paramilitary troops to consume in a week.Some new food products have been developed and a few are in the pipeline which are awaiting trials,” said Dr AS Bawa, director, DFRL.

    One MRE consists of rice, chapatis, veg/non-veg curry, sweet and tea.
    “The idea is to break the monotony and serve them different food seven days a week,” said Bawa.

    DFRL, which has been traditionally supplying food products for the armed forces, is now a major supplier to paramilitary forces, especially the CRPF, which has been active in anti-naxal operations.

    “The requirement from the paramilitary force is more than that of the defence forces as the former is currently involved in more combat operations than the latter. About 60,000 MREs have been supplied to CRPF so far and we have orders to supply 8,000 more,” said Bawa.

    In addition to the MREs and ration supplied to the armed and paramilitary forces, DFRL is also dishing out anti-depressant bars for jawans so that they do not experience any mental depression borne out of the daily monotony in the line of duty while serving at forward locations.

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    Karnataka’s food R&D efforts: (

    There has been considerable R&D in the food sector from Karnataka. Some of these are: Mphinite, the R&D wing of Manjushree Technopack Ltd, offers design consultancy and engineering services Some of its key research offering are Tango jar for Kraft, Bubbaloo jar for Cadbury . Quaker Oats in a designer PET jar and ‘Amaze’ drink container for Hindustan Unilever.

    According to Vimal Kedia, Managing Director, Manjushree Technopack Ltd., the most visible trend in packaging research is Contract Design Consultancy. Companies are venturing out to find consultants who could help them develop packaging solutions and validate the same by various processes.

    Bangalore-based Britannia Industries carried out extensive R&D to offer ‘Nutrichoice Diabetic Friendly Essentials comprising: Hi Fiber Digestive for gut friendliness, 5 Grain for wholesome goodness and Nature Spice Cracker for Healthy Snacking. :banana:These products have zero sugar, cholesterol and trans fats, besides being embedded with extra dietary fibre and complex carbohydrate which are major research outcomes by the biscuit major in the specialised/functional food segment.

    The Central Coffee Research Institute, the research and extensive services of the Coffee Board, Bangalore, is located near Balehonnnur in Chikmagalur district. Here extensive research is done in Plant Breeding, Agronomy, Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science, Plant Physiology, Pathology, Entomology and Post-harvest Technology. The regional station of Central Coffee Research Institute at Chettalli in Coorg district is engaged in pest management and molecular biology studies. In addition, the Quality Control Division, Coffee Board Bangalore, conducts quality and flavour studies.

    A hub for food research and technology has sprung up from both CFRTI and DFRL in Mysore which are the country’s premier centres of technology driving innovation. From a chappati maker for industry use to meat, fish and poultry and freeze drying technology for the armed forces, both the CFTRI and DFRL have provided the state-of-the-art solutions. These technologies have been transferred to the industry. A case in point is the retort pouch for MTR Foods which was developed by DFRL. The retort packaging material revolutionised the food processing industry with the concept of ready-to-eat and heat-and-eat offerings.
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  • How much will capacity go up in the current year?

    We are planning to put up new breweries in Nanjangud, Karnataka, along with one in Bihar. We will expand our existing capacity in Orissa, Kalyani, Aurangabad in Maharashtra (two units) and Hyderabad (three units) in the near future. With these planned capacities, our present capacity will go up to 16 million cases per month from 12.6 million cases in the current calendar (year).

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  • Karnataka Udyog Mitra calls upon Yunnan Province, China, to invest in food processing projects

    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 08:00 IST
    Our Bureau, Bangalore

    Karnataka Udyog Mitra (KUM) has called upon the Yunnan Province, China, to look at the state for potential investments in the food and beverage sector.

    The state has a large gherkin and agro product export zone. It also has six food parks and a food processing industrial zone at Hassan. There are promising prospects in the agro product processing and post-harvest technology upgradation, stated Maheshwar Rao, managing director. Karnataka Udyog Mitra.

    There are huge employment opportunities and the industry is also scouting for quality talent pool in research and development (R&D) in food processing. “We, therefore, are looking at Yunnan Province to leverage our knowledge in traditional foods and look at investing in relevant areas of the food sector,” he added.

    Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) in association with Centre for Promotion of India-China Cooperation organised an interactive session with the visiting high level delegation from Yunnan, led by Xiong Qinghua, Director-General of Department of Commerce of Yunnan Province, China.

    “India is Yunnan’s largest trading partner in South Asia with rapidly increasing volume of bilateral trade in recent years. The total imports and exports between the two countries in 2010 was $ 680 million. This is up by 79.1 per cent compared to the same period last year. We can see enormous potential and promising prospects for such bilateral trade in the coming years, stated Qinghua .

    The delegation from Yunnan Province was here to invite Indian industry to participate in the South Asia Business Forum to be held in Kunming, China, between June 5 and 7, 2011. Both China and the South Asian countries are economically emerging countries with enormous market potential, complementary industries and wide space for cooperation. The forum was, therefore, viewed as an important platform for trade cooperation between China and South Asia countries, he said.

    Since the team was in Karnataka, the KUM chief called upon the delegation to view the opportunities for investing here and make the best of the inherent strengths of the state.

    Only around two per cent of the fruits and vegetables in India are processed which is much lower compared to countries like Philippines which accounts for 78 per cent followed by USA 65 per cent and China’s 23 per cent. As a result, India’s share in exports of processed food in the global markets is only 1.5 per cent.

    According to the KUM chief, Karnataka was looking to boost the food processing industry. Since the state is known for its variety of fruits and vegetables, it was looking to increasing the level of perishable foods technology, value addition of products. In recent years, the state is known for its contribution in spices and ranks third in sugar production in the country and with a large coastline, there was also immense prospects in marine foods.

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    CFTRI chief to focus on nutraceuticals

    MYSORE: CFTRI director V Prakash who laid down his office a couple of years before his retirement on Tuesday said he wants to take up the task of popularizing importance of nutraceuticals and their consumption by people in food forms.

    At a press meet here summoned to announce his quitting the job, Prakash, a noted food scientist who refused CSIR director post on health grounds, said he is a firm believer in Indian traditional food forms which have natural nutraceuticals.

    It is a fact that in Indian context consumption of nutraceuticals in capsule or extracted forms is not possible for the poor and lower middle class people. But Indian food forms themselves act as natural nutraceuticals and people should be made aware of Indian traditional food forms nutritional value to prevent them from going for capsule or extracted forms of nutritional foods, he said.

    He said he was not going to take up a big job in private research institutes at a national or international level. Prakash said the need of the hour is to prepare a nutrition plan for the country and implement it. To a query he said, inclusion of a clause on nutraceuticals and regulation modes in Newly-Formulated Food and Safety Standards Act of India itself indicates the government's seriousness to protect Indian nutraceutical food forms.

    Quoting how Indian food forms are being copied and patented by foreign institutes and individuals and their nutritional richness, Prakash said many do not know medicinal value of common Indian food forms. There is a need to digitalizing and cataloguing of traditional foods, he claimed, adding that validation and fingerprinting of traditional foods is a challenge before CFTRI and himself. "I vouch for the statement that science is young tradition is ancient as far as Indian traditional food forms are concerned," he said. He said he will continue to be associated with CFTRI as professor emeritus and involve actively in research activities as president of Nutrition Society of India.

    Prakash announced that G Venkateshwara Rao will take over as CFTRI director. He said: "With 12th plan period going to begin from next financial year, I thought it fit to quit and make way for a new man to plan CFTRI research activities," he said, refusing to attach any other reason for his quitting before attaining superannuation.

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  • Nestle India opens new plant for culinary products in Karnataka

    BS Reporter / Bangalore March 24, 2011, 0:02 IST

    Nestle India on Wednesday inaugurated a new manufacturing plant at Nanjangud in Mysore district, Karnataka. The plant, set up with an investment of Rs 360 crore, will manufacture a range of culinary products.

    Nestlé Chief Executive Officer, Paul Bulcke, inaugurated the plant in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, minister for industries, Murugesh Nirani, Nestlé India Chairman and Managing Director, Antonio Helio Waszyk, Nestlé Zone Director (Asia, Oceania, Africa and West Asia), Frits van Dijk, and other government officials.

    The company plans to manufacture its culinary products like ketchups, pasta, instant noodles, mixed condiments and seasonings at the new plant. When fully operational, the new plant is likely to employ 630 people. Nestle already has a plant at Nanjangud for processing coffee.
    The plant started production in a record time of eight months and 20 days to meet the growing demand for Nestlé products. The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government at the global investors’ meet in June, 2010. Nestle is among the few companies to have completed its investment programme, as announced at the investors’ meet.

    “Our business is growing well in India and we are very optimistic about the country’s growth opportunities over the coming years. The brand Maggi has very strong equity with consumers and is continuously developing the market. This plant specialises in the manufacture of culinary products and this investment reaffirms our confidence in our brands and people,” said Paul Bulcke.

    Bulcke later visited Government Girls Junior College, where he interacted with the students and spoke about the importance of nutrition, healthy eating and physical exercise. Nestlé’s global initiative, ‘The Healthy Kids Programme’, is aimed at facilitating this understanding. Various universities have partnered the company to develop the programme in India.

    Nestlé India operates seven factories and employs around 6,000 people. The company’s net sales in 2010 were worth Rs 6,254.7 crore, a growth of 21.9 per cent over sales in 2009.

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    - engineer.akash, 8 months ago
  • KMF plans to sell tender coconut water in tetrapacks soon

    Published: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011, 10:54 IST
    By Srikanth Hunasavadi | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

    The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), the largest co-operative dairy federation in south India, is planning to selltender coconut water in tetrapacks through its Nandini milk supply chain.

    KMF had successfully deployed technology to sell milk in tetrapacks which have a shelf life of over three months. The same technology will now be used to market tender coconut water.
    Federation officials have decided to introduce tender coconut water in tetrapacks at the earliest and the rates will be finalised shortly.

    “KMF has two modern milk processing units. The one at Kolar is of 2.5-lakh litre capacity and another one at Channarayapatna, Hassan district is of 1.5 lakh litre capacity,” he said.

    At present, the KMF is using only half its capacity and after processing milk these units lay idle. The federation decided to launch tender coconut water in tetrapacks to utilise its complete capacity and increase its market spread,” a senior KMF official told DNA.

    “There is a huge demand for tender coconut water in the city during summers and we are catering to that demand,” he said.KMF would purchase tender coconuts directly from farmers, extract water and process and pack it to make it available anywhere any time, he added.

    KMF is also planning to enter mineral water market. It is contemplating introducing mineral water through bottles and packets. The official said that KMF had a good brand image not only in the state, but also outside, making it easier to market new products.

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    - engineer.akash, 7 months ago
  • Campco's chocolate plant runs on steam, wind power (

    Mangalore, April 19:
    If someone says that the process of chocolate manufacturing depends on bio-wastes and steam and wind energy, would you believe? But the Mangalore-based cooperative Campco (Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative) Ltd believes in them.

    Most process of Campo's chocolate factory at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district, ranging from boilers to air-conditioning system, are now running on these principles.

    It all began four years ago when Campco decided to run its boiler on steam generated by bio-briquettes than on furnace oil. (Bio-briquette is a block of agro-wastes.)

    Encouraged by its performance, the cooperative has now started operating a major portion of its air-conditioning units at the chocolate factory on steam energy. Mr Suresh Bhandary, General Manager of Campco Ltd, told Business Line that the cooperative effected the switch to bring down its dependence on petroleum products and grid power for chocolate manufacturing.


    The cooperative needs boiler for chocolate manufacturing process, including roasting of cocoa beans and to cook chocolates. The transition from furnace oil to bio-briquettes began four years ago to bring down the cost of chocolate production at the factory.

    “In boiler, steam is generated by boiling water. In the old system, furnace oil was used for this purpose. Four years ago we went in for bio-briquettes. That conversion helped us save around Rs 1 crore a year,” he said.

    With furnace oil, the cost of 1 kg steam was at Rs 2.10. With bio-briquettes, the cooperative saves around Rs 1.20 a kg of steam. The factory's boiler capacity was 4 tonnes an hour. However, its requirement for processing was only 2.5 tonnes. AC ON STEAM

    Mr Bhandary said that the factory uses vapour absorption mechanism (VAM) to run its air-conditioning system. It is a system to give air-conditioning to the plant by using steam instead of electrical power, he said.

    The total requirement for air-conditioning at the factory is around 300 tonnes an hour. For this, the factory was running three electrical motors of 125 hp each earlier.

    After the switch over to VAM, the factory consumes about 500 kg of steam an hour for running its air-conditioning system. Asked about the cost advantage in this, he said the factory saves around Rs 7,000 a day. This is after deducting the cost of steam, he said.
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    * They will have a total capacity of 1.06 lakh tonnes
    * NBARD has sanctioned funds for establishing godowns in rural areas of nine districts
    * The work on all godowns will be completed by the year-end

    Bangalore: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs. 49.55 crore for the Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation (KSWC) for establishing godowns in rural areas of nine districts with a total capacity of 1.06 lakh tonnes.


    The NABARD, for the first time, has entered into an agreement with the KSWC for extending direct financial support for creation of storage facilities under the NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance in Mysore, Chitradurga, Davangere, Chikmagalur, Raichur, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Hassan and Mandya districts, in the first phase.

    The KSWC has decided to expand its godown network and offer more facilities to farmers to store their produce. At present, KSWC godowns have a total storage capacity of 12 lakh tonnes.
    Officials of NABARD, Bangalore, told The Hindu that the Government had given the guarantee to sanction loan at 10 per cent interest to the KSWC. The loan repayment period is nine years, including a two-year moratorium. The work on all godowns would be completed by this year-end.
    The NABARD signed the agreement with the corporation on February 10, 2011, for executing the project. The corporation, established in 1957, runs over 120 godowns across the State.

    Under RIDF

    Under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, the NABARD has sanctioned Rs. 74.52 crore for establishing godowns in rural areas of the State. Of which, it has already disbursed Rs. 66.14 crore.

    90 godowns

    Agricultural produce marketing committees (APMCs) would set up 90 godowns with a total capacity of 1.96 lakh tonnes. The State Government had not given any security for the loan under this category, officials said.

    The rate of interest on the RIDF loan is 6.5 per cent and the repayment period is seven years. These warehouses would be used for storing agricultural produce, seeds, manure and agricultural implements, officials said.

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  • FVIL is setting up a mega food park in Tumkur

    After retail, Kishore Biyani's Future Group is now planning to come up with a mega food park near Ahmedabad in partnership with Gujarat based instant drink maker Rasna.

    Biyani's Future Ventures India Ltd (FVIL), is setting up a mega food park in Tumkur district of Karnataka. "We plan to set up such mega food parks across the country,two more are planned in Gujarat and Bihar respectively. As for the Gujarat park, we are working with a local partner, Rasna. We have already floated an expression of interest (EoI) for the same", said Kishore Biyani at the sidelines of an event announcing the IPO (initial public offering) plans of Future Ventures in the city. He added that land has not yet been allotted.

    Piruz Khambatta, managing director of Rasna could not be reached for a comment. Future Ventures' Tumkur mega food park is coming up with an investment of Rs 140 crore, of which FVIL is investing close to Rs 90 crore, and the remaining is a grant from the state government.
    The 100 acre park will come up near the National Highway 4 and Chennai-Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. The first plant at Tumkur would be operational within the next 15-20 months.

    "It will be an integrated food park. Producers from a 250 kilometer radius around the park will bring in their produce, part of which will go into retail, and part into processing. We have invited vendors to set up their processing units at the park itself as well as packaging units", Biyani said adding that the Gujarat park would be modelled along the same lines.

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  • KMF moots JV with Fonterra for cheese plant, set to invest Rs 80 crore
    Wednesday, May 04, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Karnataka Milk Federation is looking to set up a dairy products plant dedicated to manufacturing cheese in association with Fonterra, a global dairy nutrition company.

    Somashekara Reddy, chairman, KMF, on his return from New Zealand, after visiting the farmer-owned cooperative Fonterra stated that he had submitted a proposal to this effect to participate in a joint venture for the production of milk cheese.

    The land of the production plant will span 10 acres in Bangalore where KMF has decided to invest to the tune of Rs 80 crore. In the discussions with Fonterra, KMF has called for a 50:50 JV.

    The KMF team comprised directors and presidents of the 13 milk unions that were part of the discussion with the Fonterra management.

    According to the KMF chief, the Fonterra board which expressed its willingness, would need to approve the terms and conditions. “Only after they give us the nod, we will be able to make a concrete proposal for the same,” he added.

    Currently, KMF product range comprises cheddar cheese, paneer, cottage cheese, yoghurt and cream, besides ethnic range and milk-flavoured varieties including ice creams which are marketed in India and abroad. “There has been considerable interest evinced by countries of south-east Asia, Far East, west Asia and north Africa for the export of quality dairy products,” stated the KMF chairman.

    KMF is the second-largest dairy federation in the country after Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) which markets Amul products, but is ranked first in south India for its milk industry enterprise.
    In Karnataka, KMF is the second company which is looking for an association with Fonterra. In 2009, Britannia Industries based out of Bangalore was the first company from the state which inked a pact with Fonterra.

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  • * Farmers to be treated as entrepreneurs
    * Agri-investment corridors to be set up on the lines of the Apparel Park
    * They will be established using the land acquired by the KIADB

    Bangalore: The Karnataka agribusiness policy, aimed at creating an environment for attracting investment in agro-processing and value addition sectors through public-private partnership, “will not take away one inch of fertile land belonging to farmers”, said N.C. Muniyappa, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture.

    Speaking at an awareness programme here on Thursday, he said that the policy will treat farmers as entrepreneurs and partners themselves, who will have linkages with investors.

    Contract farming would be allowed, but there will be safeguards to ensure that the farmers do not lose rights over their land, he said.


    Mr. Muniyappa said that agri-investment corridors of 5,000 hectares each will be set up using land acquired by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Authority (KIADB) on the lines of the Apparel Park, with an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore each. He said that “commodity parks” – 15 to begin with – would be set up for various crops such as rice, pulses, grape, millets and so on, depending on the local availability of crop.

    Mr. Muniyappa said that agri-infrastructure sector is an area with a huge potential that can grow in the years to come. Integrated agri-tourism is also an area which is being seriously considered, he added.

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    Thursday, May 05, 2011, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

    The central government has moved to allow India’s west coast to farm whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) following the east coast’s success in the endeavour. The Union Agriculture Ministry made the decision after Japan stopped farming the species due to the radiation leak from Fukushima’s nuclear power plant caused by March’s tsunami.

    Also known as Pacific white shrimp, this crustacean is already farmed in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Ecuador, Mexico, the US, Brazil and parts of Europe.

    “But the total production from these parts of the world is only able to meet the internal demand. India, which is known for its shrimp-friendly waters and temperature, could be the best place for growing this shrimp,” said Dr Shivaprakash, director of Shrimp Aquaculture Centre at Ankola Uttara Kannada, a unit of the College of Fisheries in Mangalore, reports DNA.

    The Pacific white shrimp grows quickly: it reaches full body weight in two months and they are ready for harvest in just 75-80 days, according to sources at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

    “For every ha, the farmer can get not less than 20-25 tonnes of yield per season, against 5 tonnes per ha from the other species of shrimp cultivated in the west coast so far,” the sources said.

    MP of Kanara constituency, Ananth Kumar Hegde said the first production centre for the species will be constructed in Uttara Kannada.

    The central government wishes to introduce whiteleg shrimp farming in that district, he said, because regional fishing has had a bleak performance due to environmental factors and vannamei farming could considerably energise the economic well-being of the region’s shrimp farmers.

    “The west coast will be flush with export orders once the infrastructure is in place; some of them will be 100 per cent export-oriented units (EOU) and the rest will be for general markets,” said Hegde. “We see vannamei shrimps flooding the fish markets in Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore and malls in big cities. Due to their fast-breeding growth, the volumes of production may be high.”

    Ishaq Ahmed, who exports shrimps from Mangalore to Europe, said the species is “fully disease-free” and the produce is ready for high-value markets in Europe, the US and Japan.

    Even so, nobody on the coast has applied to grow and export Pacific white shrimp thus far. Gangadhar Madikeri, joint director of the state fisheries department, attributes this to the scarcity of hatcheries for vannamei broodstock.

    “Efforts are on to locate at least one hatchery for various types of marine and sweet water prawns,” said Karnataka State Fisheries Minister Krishna Palemar. “The government has already written to the Central Aquaculture Authority to give clearance to the project.”

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  • Katuturi : Tumkur food processing plant (

    Bangalore-based Karuturi Global, among the world’s largest sellers of cut roses, plans to produce nearly 70 crore of them annually, or about 19 lakh a day, in two years.

    On Karuturi’s other businesses, Agarwal said the company will double its food processing capacity to 20,000 tonne by March 2013.

    Karuturi processes vegetables like gherkin, tomato and jalapeno. The company has acquired 1,500 acre at Tumkur in Karnataka where it’ll both grow the vegetables and process them. Karuturi presently sources vegetables through contract farming.

    In the next couple of years, most of the company’s planned capital expenditure of $200 million, or Rs900 crore, will be in agriculture.
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  • GAEL to expand maize processing capacity by 70% in FY12

    Mahesh Kulkarni / Mumbai/ Bangalore June 17, 2011, 0:49 IST

    Gujarat Ambuja Exports Ltd (GAEL), the Ahmedabad-based agro-processing company, is set to expand its maize processing capacity by 70 per cent to 1,750 tonnes per day (TPD). The company is setting up a Greenfield manufacturing plant in north Karnataka at an investment of Rs 110 crore.

    Recently, the Karnataka government approved a proposal from the company to acquire additional 41 acres land for its third maize processing plant coming up at Hulasogi village in Shiggaon taluk of Haveri district under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act.

    The company has already acquired 54 acres land. Haveri district is one of the large producers of maize in Karnataka and accounts for about 500,000 metric tonnes per annum.
    “We are building our third maize processing plant in Karnataka, which will have a capacity to process 750 tonner per day. We are now acquiring another 41 acres land at an adjacent site for further expansion. In the second phase, we intend to double the capacity to 1,400 TPD at an additional investment of Rs 60-70 crore,” a company official said. GAEL is also planning to set up one more plant at the same location for extracting solvent from soyabean. It is yet to submit a proposal to the state government in this regard, he said. GAEL also plans to set up a 5 Mw power plant at this plant to meet the power requirements of its maize processing unit.

    The company already has two maize processing plants of 500 TPD each at Himmatnagar in Gujarat and Sitarganj in Uttarakhand. Its third plant in Karnataka will be the biggest maize processing plant in the country, the official said. The plant will be operational by March 2012.

    Gujarat Ambuja Exports currently manufactures starch, liquid glucose, dextrose, malto/yellow/white dextrine, sorbitol, maize/corn gluten, maize grem, high malto corn syrup and Glucose D.

    The Karnataka plant will cater to both domestic requirements for these products in southern states and exports. The company currently exports Rs 20 crore worth of maize products. GAEL processes maize corn to produce maize starch, maize starch derivatives and by-products that are used in various industries like food & confectionery, paper, textiles and pharmaceuticals.

    Considering the huge demand for maize starch and other derivates, which are growing at over 15 per cent annually, Gujarat Ambuja Exports is looking at exploiting the opportunity further.

    During the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2011, GAEL reported a net profit of Rs 27.5 crore, a growth of 35.7 per cent over the corresponding quarter last year. Its total sales were Rs 620.9 crore, a growth of 73.5 per cent over the same period last year.

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  • Biyani forms special vehicle to establish five food parks

    Kishore Biyani, who controls India’s largest listed retailer Pantaloon Retail (India), plans to set up as many as five food parks in the country in partnership with local investors as he seeks to create hubs for suppliers of regional brands and local produce to his expanding chain of stores — from KB’s Fair Price to Food Bazaar.

    To do this, Biyani has set up a special purpose vehicle via his listed firm Future Ventures — Integrated Food Park — through which he hopes to route his investment.

    “We expect to invest between Rs 25-30 crore as our equity contribution for each park,” a top official of Future group told Financial Chronicle.

    “Each of these parks will have three partners and will take three to four years to turn a cash profit,” said a senior Future Ventures official.

    The first food park in Karnataka will be equally divided for processing fresh produce such as tomatoes and mangoes that are perishable in nature and farm produce such as ragi, maize and rice, which have a longer shelf life.

    Capital Foods will hold 48 per cent in the Karnataka park while Pantaloon Retail (India) will hold 26 per cent.

    “Bangalore-based real estate developer Sattva group, headed by Bijay Agarwal, too will hold a stake in the Karnataka food park,” said Praveen Dwivedi, president of food parks at Future Ventures.

    The venture is expected to get a government grant of Rs 50 crore, said KK Rathi, chief executive officer of Future Ventures.

    The Karnataka park, expected to come up at Kolar/Tumkur, has a project cost of Rs 144 crore and it is expected to be ready in 18 months.

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  • M. J. Prabu

    Post Harvest Technology Department is eager to impart training

    Be it a fruit crop or any other food crop, it must offer possibilities of making new products from it.

    By doing so, the income of the farmers can be considerably raised.

    “Take the example of the jackfruit. One finds it almost in any place in southern parts of India. The fruit is available in large quantities during season and can be effectively processed into many value added products,” says Dr. K. Narayana Gowda, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore.

    Supplementary crop

    Though till now, the fruit was only grown in marginal areas, wastelands and backyards, “the development of rural processing industry may turn it into a commercial crop that can be grown more extensively as a supplementary tree crop,” says Dr. B. Ranganna, Emeritus scientist and former head, Division of Agricultural Engineering Sciences.

    And adds: “As scientists, we hope that growers and entrepreneurs would take note of the immense potential of the fruit and work towards exploiting it for generating higher income.”

    Short shelf life

    In general, the fresh deseeded sweet bulbs are consumed as such by the people and the bulbs cannot keep it for long time because of high perishability and as a result there are huge post harvest losses (30 – 35 per cent) occuring during the season and also the usefulness of the seeds and rind is not known to the growers and consumers.

    Several products

    Researchers at the Post Harvest Technology Scheme, at the University have developed several value-added products from jackfruit bulbs, seeds and the rind.

    “Many value added products like halwa, finger chips, ready-to-serve (RTS) beverage, candy bar, papad, dehydrated flakes, wine, vinegar, dairy based products like srikhand, kulfi, ice-cream and bulb flour have been prepared by the department of post harvest technology department.

    “Several bakery products such as biscuits, muffins masala vada, flour and chapathi were developed from the seed. The rind is also a very good source of pectin which was extracted from it. Also, pickle was developed from the rind,” explains Dr. Ranganna.

    Commercial production

    The process protocols of these products have been standardized for commercial production and promotion at the University research station.

    “Apart from the above products our team has for the first time made wine from the fruit. The wine has been developed by processing deseeded bulbs through microbial fermentation.

    Huge demand

    “The developed wine is slightly yellowish in colour, acidic in taste and low in alcohol content. There is a huge demand from consumers for this wine due to its special taste and aroma,” says Prof. K.B. Munishamanna.

    The University has been working on the popularisation and promotion of the developed jack products by organising series of special training programmes, demonstrating in krishimelas organised in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

    Further it also organised a National level seminar on ‘Jackfruit and its value added products’ in Bangalore during May 2010.


    “We have also submitted a proposal to the Department of Biotechnology, GoI, New Delhi, to fund for promoting thie value addition technology in the North Eastern States since, jack is widely grown in those states and are eagerly awaiting for entrepreneurs to visit us and buy the technologies,” sums up Dr. Ranganna.

    For more information and training readers can contact Dr. B. Ranganna at at the Post Harvest Technology Scheme (ICAR), University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore 560 065, phone: 080-23330153 extn 345 or Prof. K.B. Munishamanna, at telephone 080-23330153 – Extn 346.

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  • Renuka Phadnis

    Marine exports and fishmeal and fish oil exports from Karnataka this year have doubled compared to last year, with total exports estimated at Rs. 681 crore in 2010-11 as against Rs. 392 crore in 2009-10.

    Rajakumar S. Naik, city-based Assistant Director, The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, gave the statistics on Tuesday.

    The State exported 1 lakh tonnes of the products in 2010-11 as against 91,000 tonnes of marine exports in the previous year. The State's exports of fishmeal had doubled as it exported fishmeal estimated at Rs. 442 crore in 2010-11 as against Rs. 225 crore in 2009-10. Fishmeal and fish oil account for 65 per cent of the exports from the State.

    “Very good” squid landings helped boost the exports, he said. Ribbon fish and “rani” (Nempiterus japonicus) or “madmal” (Kannada) landings too were good.

    Good demand

    The latter was used to manufacture “surimi” or fish paste especially in Japan, the biggest market for exports, where it was used to make imitation shrimps, lobsters, and crab claws. Mackerel, earlier not being exported, caters to good demand from Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan now, Mr. Naik said.

    A major reason for the high demand for Indian fishmeal was because of an upset in Peru that exported the largest amount of fishmeal. “Because of the Peru earthquake, we got a good demand. It destroyed the fishmeal exporting units in that country,” he said.

    There were 26 fishmeal and fish oil units in Karnataka, of which 13 are registered with MPEDA.

    Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts had 14 frozen marine food exporting units of which nine were in Mangalore, one in Thadadi (in Kumta), and two were coming up (one in Udupi and one in Kota) in Udupi district.

    Of Karnataka's 300 km coastline, the major frozen marine food industry was in Dakshina Kannda and Udupi districts. Seventy five per cent of the fish landings were in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, namely in Mangalore, Malpe, Gangolli and to a lesser extent in Hangarkatta and Hejmadi, according to Mr. Naik.

    Export earnings from marine products had crossed 8,13,091 tonnes accounting for $ 2.8 billion (about Rs. 12,900 crore) for the first time in India.

    Compared to the previous year, seafood exports recorded a growth of 19.85 per cent in quantity, 28.39 per cent in rupee, and 33.95 per cent in dollar terms, he said.

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  • South India's dal bowl to get tur park

    BANGALORE: The state government will establish a ‘Pulses Park’ in Gulbarga - considered as the “dal bowl” of south India - to accommodate all tur dal trading activities of the Hyderabad- Karnataka region in a single cluster.

    Speaking to the media after a meeting with representatives of the Gulbarga Dal Mills Association here on Friday, Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries Murugesh N Nirani informed that the government has agreed to allocate 100 acres of land at Kapanur village, on the outskirts of Gulbarga town, for the Pulses Park, which is estimated to generate an annual turnover of `500 crore.

    Land acquisition for the proposed Park will be entrusted with the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Corporation (KIADB); land acquired will be handed over to the Dal Mills Association, Gulbarga.

    The Association, added Nirani, will float a Special Purpose Vehicle to execute the project which will help industrialists and the farming community of the H-K region.

    Nirani informed that the cost estimate for the proposed park is yet to be worked out; he said that the Park will generate at least 2,000 direct and 5,000 indirect jobs.

    Around 227 dal mills are operating in Gulbarga.

    The state has waived off cess collection from tur dal farmers and authorities will be instructed to not to impose the same to farmers selling tur in the regulated market.

    It will release Rs 50 lakh as subsidy towards the construction of warehouses to store foodgrains.

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  • K’taka to establish packhouses, ripening chambers, modernise cold storages

    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Karnataka government is looking at establishing packhouse and ripening chambers for fruits and vegetables. The state has also taken up initiatives to modernise its cold storage centres.

    The state government decided to take up all these projects and initiatives because despite being known for its sizeable production of fruits, the state was unable to harness its export potential to the fullest extent because of multiple reasons. These include the underutilisation of the potential because of issues such as lack of supply chain and related infrastructure, and improper post-harvest mechanism.

    Gaps, limitations
    In this regard, the Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing & Export Corporation Limited (KAPPEC) has identified gaps in the cold chain sector. It is found that most of the cold storages in the state are conventional ones and are not equipped to handle multiple products at a time. Infrastructure for sorting and grading at farm level is limited. Lack of infrastructure facilities like roads and constant power supply are further adding to the woes of this sector.

    Some of the suggested interventions by KAPPEC are establishment of packhouses for pomegranates, grapes and vegetables and ripening chambers for bananas. Dr G K Vasanth Kumar, additional secretary, department of agriculture, Government of Karnataka, explains, “The state has an agro-climatic zone, which is suitable for a large number of horticulture products including pomegranates, bananas and sweet limes. And it needs a proper post-harvest mechanism and this is where the cold chain is of highest importance.”

    According to Dr Kumar, who also heads KAPPEC, the existing cold chains need to be upgraded into packhouses. The facilities to be upgraded include mobile pre-coolers, sorting and grading facilities, one or two rooms modified PUF panels to handle fruits and vegetables and technology upgrade for power savings.

    Creating infrastructure
    Thus, improvement of current logistics and intervention at the farm level will help to create post-harvest infrastructure, variety in improvement to suit post-harvest handling, capacity building initiative on crop management and post-harvest management under the public private partnership (PPP) framework. There is also rationalisation of electricity tariffs where the subvention may be enhanced to Rs 2 per unit from Rs 1 per unit.

    Additional interventions required for developing the cold chains in the state also included subsidising 25 per cent of the cold storage charges paid by the farmers through special interventions programme during the market rescue operations. Treating the cold storage as horticultural allied industry by exempting payment of minimum charges during the off-season by the respective electricity distribution companies is one solution that is recommended. The subvention scheme of the state government may be replaced by the more liberal wider operation. The scheme for modernisation of cold storages by National Horticulture Board can be further liberalised to encompass a revival package of 75 per cent soft loan and 25 per cent subsidy. Financial assistance to cold storages towards energy audits, development of modernisation and revival proposals, involvement of public-private partnerships for research and development and development of selected proposals.

    Knowledge cadre
    The state is also looking at the creation of a knowledge cadre for the cold chain management, and for the development of quality benchmarks. For the technical cadre, it is looking to create a team of techniques which can set-up, commission, operate and maintain cold chain equipment, and develop sops for cold chain operation, maintenance relating to pre-coolers, cold storages, reefer vans, and retail refrigerated and packing monitoring systems.

    Out of total production of fruits estimated at 50.01 lakh tons and vegetables at 73.62 lakh tons about 25-30 per cent amounts to post-harvest loss. This amounts to 15 lakh tons of fruits and 22.08 lakh tons of vegetables and 1.86 lakh tons of spices which are unable to reach the market because of the lack of an efficient supply chain management, according to KAPPEC.

    The state has a total of 138 warehouses with a capacity of 25,3168 metric tons with the highest located in Bangalore - 30, this is followed by Dakshina Kannada with 27 outlets, followed by Bellary. The remaining are spread across the 27 districts.

    The Central Warehouse in Karnataka has 41 units spread over 18 districts with a capacity of 70,7173 metric tonnes.

    Taking in account both the Central and state warehouses, Karnataka has 179 units with a capacity of 96,0341 metric tonnes. “These warehouses are helping the farmers in storing the produce in the event of decrease in the rates of fruits and vegetables in the market. This would help the farming community to sell its produce by optimising its cost strategy. The farmer can also avail the loans from the banks based on the warehouse report, according to KAPPEC.

    Some of the constraints regarding cold storage operation were low capacity utilisation of 30-40 per cent, single commodity storage high cost of electricity, inadequate infrastructure and ineffective demand, added some members of cold storage units in the state, on a concluding note.

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  • UB set to brew more beer; to invest Rs 500 cr

    Bangalore, Sept. 8:

    United Breweries is setting up two greenfield breweries — one in Mysore and the other in Patna — and also proposes to add capacity to several of its existing breweries . “Investments for new breweries are in the range of Rs 150 crore per brewery and the total investment for the year is around Rs 500 crore,” Mr Cedric Vaz, Executive Vice-President - Marketing, told Business Line.

    UB has acquired the land in Mysore and is in the process of doing so in Patna, and the breweries will be ready for operation in 2012-13, he said. The new breweries, each with an initial capacity of 0.8-1 million cases per month, will produce all of UB's brands including Heineken, their latest addition, which is now being brewed only in their brewery near Mumbai. After the expansion, the total capacity of the breweries will go up to about 16 million cases a month from 12.6 million cases a month capacity now.

    UB, which holds over 50 per cent of the market share today, sees the demand for their beer growing in line with the company's double digit growth, Mr Vaz said.

    UB is also in the process of amalgamation of UB Nizam Breweries and Chennai Breweries; and also UB Ajanta Breweries, Millennium Beer Industries and United Millennium Breweries. The merger of the above units is expected to be complete in the next 12 months, industry sources say.

    IDFC in a recent report has said UBL continues to grow ahead of industry and hence has increased its market share to 53 per cent. However, there are challenges in the form of taxation increases by certain State Governments, change in Andhra Pradesh procurement policy, and also the relatively tougher environment will restrict volume growth to 15 per cent compared with 30 per cent in FY11.

    “Our sense is that risks for UBL would increase from hereon, and any potential weakness in the business over the next few quarters could lead to a sharper de-rating,” IDFC said in its report.

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  • Maiya's plans expansion with Rs 60 crore production plant, world forays

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Maiya's, a new initiative by Dr Sadananda Maiya, a leading food technocrat, has chalked out an aggressive growth plan for its restaurant and processed food business divisions. The plan includes a greenfield project for a state-of-the-art production plant at an investment of Rs 60 crore and a distribution network to foray into the national and international markets. The products are manufactured using innovative technologies like vacuum frying and oil removal after frying. There is also infusion of nanotechnology which will provide the much-needed taste and health to consumers.

    While Maiya’s Beverages and Foods Private Limited will focus on processed foods, its restaurant operates under the brand name Maiya’s.

    Currently, the processed food arm is engaged in the production of traditional savories and sweets. There are 50 products and 65 stock keeping units. The range comprises traditional snacks from each state covering the delicacies from the northern, eastern and western parts of the country. A large variety of these are represented from Karnataka.

    “We are working to offer another 35 products taking the range to 100 products. These are manufactured at a facility in Bangalore with a current capacity of 65 tonnes for savouries and 30 tonnes of sweets per month. As part of its international foray, the company will enter Japan, Australia, Africa, the US, the Middle-East and the Southeast Asian region. To begin with, product samples have been cleared by Japan and the Singapore teams have inspected the premises,” explained Dr Maiya to FnB News.

    The market size for snacks covering savouries and sweets is estimated at Rs 1,500 crore with organised players like Haldiram’s, Frito Lay India, SM Foods, PepsiCo, Parle, Prakash Foods, and Balaji Wafers. “What will set us apart is the technology, adherence to stringent quality, from procurement to production, standard measures of contents like cashew, almond and groundnut in the savouries and pricing which is on par with the competitors,” he added.

    The company is gearing up to set up its modern plant located on the Kanakapura Road, Bangalore, for which the construction commences in November and commissioning in April. The fully automated facility with no human intervention at any stage would provide a ten-fold increase in capacity. It will be HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), ISO 22000 and British Retail Consortium-compliant.

    “We need to revive the tradition of the authenticity of recipes by leveraging food technology, consistency in food quality and taste. There is a major research component going into each of the products. Our gameplan is to build a strong presence not just in India but abroad over the next five years where we have set a target of generating revenues to the tune of around Rs 400 crore,” said Dr Maiya.

    In his capacity as a food technocrat, Dr Maiya‘s interest in food technology led him to start a Centre for Food Science and Research recognised by the Tumkur University. The centre offers doctorate programme in food science and technology. “The need of the hour is to meet the growing shortfall of food science experts. Our new plant will also help the doctorate students to have hands-on training to gain industrial experience,” he said.

    The restaurant business covering a snacks counter and coffee outlet - Maiya’s - located in south Bangalore will expand to 6 locations in Bangalore, according to him.
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  • Mega dairy to come up near Davangere

    It will have a capacity to process 1.5 lakh litres of milk
    A mega dairy, with a capacity to process 1.5 lakh litres of milk, will come up at H. Kalpanahalli, near here, chairman of the Shimoga Dairy Milk Producers Cooperative Society (SIMUL) D.G. Shanmukh Patil, said on Friday.

    Talking to presspersons here, he said the dairy would come up on 14 acres and a cost of Rs. 14 crore.

    He said the project would be taken up under the ‘National Dairy Development-Vision 2015', and senior officials of the National Dairy Development Board would soon make a spot inspection of the project site.

    “After the inspection and formal approval from the board, the tender process will be taken up,” he said.

    Mr. Patil said it had been planned to complete the work in three years. He said that the SIMUL cold storage, near Honnali, would be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 55 lakh. He said that the dairy at Bathi, near the city, had been upgraded.

    Mr. Patil said 85,000 litres of milk was being supplied to Shimoga district and 26,000 litres to Chitradurga district daily.

    Director of SIMUL Basavaraj and managing director of SIMUL C.D. Hampali were among those present.

    The dairy will come up on 14 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 14 crore
    The project will be taken up under the ‘National Dairy Development-Vision 2015'Mega dairy to come up near Davangere

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    It will have a capacity to process 1.5 lakh litres of milk
    A mega dairy, with a capacity to process 1.5 lakh litres of milk, will come up at H. Kalpanahalli, near here, chairman of the Shimoga Dairy Milk Producers Cooperative Society (SIMUL) D.G. Shanmukh Patil, said on Friday.

    Talking to presspersons here, he said the dairy would come up on 14 acres and a cost of Rs. 14 crore.

    He said the project would be taken up under the ‘National Dairy Development-Vision 2015', and senior officials of the National Dairy Development Board would soon make a spot inspection of the project site.

    “After the inspection and formal approval from the board, the tender process will be taken up,” he said.

    Mr. Patil said it had been planned to complete the work in three years. He said that the SIMUL cold storage, near Honnali, would be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 55 lakh. He said that the dairy at Bathi, near the city, had been upgraded.

    Mr. Patil said 85,000 litres of milk was being supplied to Shimoga district and 26,000 litres to Chitradurga district daily.

    Director of SIMUL Basavaraj and managing director of SIMUL C.D. Hampali were among those present.

    The dairy will come up on 14 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 14 crore

    The project will be taken up under the ‘National Dairy Development-Vision 2015'
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  • Campco bets big on green energy for chocolate factory
    Business Line Campco Chocolate factory at Puttur
    The cooperative chocolate manufacturer Campco (Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative) Ltd is betting big on green energy for meeting the electricity requirements at its chocolate factory.

    Encouraged by the experience from its first windmill in Bellary district, the cooperative is now getting ready to install two more windmills in Belgaum district.

    Mr K. Padmanabha, President of Campco, told Business Line that the Campco installed its first windmill at Halthimalapura in Hoovinahadagali taluk of Bellary district in 2009.

    After producing more than 40 lakh units in the last two years from the 1.25-MW unit, the cooperative is now planning to install two units — each with a capacity to produce 0.85 MW power — at Chikkodi in Belgaum district.

    Mr A.S. Bhat, Managing Director of Campco, said the proposed units would help meet most of the energy requirements of the chocolate factory in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The units will be commissioned for production by this month-end, he said.

    Mr Suresh Bhandary, General Manager of Campco, said the total energy requirement of Campco's chocolate factory at Puttur is around 60 lakh units a year. The existing 1.25 MW unit at Halthimalapura produces around 20-22 lakh units a year. The proposed units are expected to contribute 32-35 lakh units a year.

    “With this, more than 90 per cent of the energy requirements of the chocolate factory will be met,” he said. Around Rs 10.36 crore will be invested for the establishment of these units.

    The Halthimalapura windmill generated around 22,02,210 units of power in 2009-10, and 20,05,200 units in 2010-11.


    It may be mentioned here that the chocolate production at Campco's factory in Puttur has seen growth over the years. The production at the factory stood at 10,435 tonnes in 2008-09, and 11,065 tonnes in 2009-10. During 2010-11, the total production reached 13,623 tonnes.
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  • Amul MD meets KMF counterpart

    R S Sodhi, Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (Amul), met A S Premanath, Managing Director of Karnataka Milk Federation on Friday.

    “We discussed about the business in connection with dairy development activities,” Premnath said in a statement.

    Amul had purchased 1,500 MTs of skimmed milk powder (SMP) and 600 MTs of butter from Nandini, he said.

    India's top two milk fedrations meet.Nice to know Nandini sells its product to AMUL :cheers:
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  • UAS develops 2 varieties of wheat

    BS Reporter / Chennai/ Dharwad October 17, 2011, 0:40 IST

    The University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, has developed two varieties of wheat — UAS-304 and UAS 428 — for making bread. While one is resistant to the deadly Ug99 disease, the other can help combat malnutrition. The two wheat varieties have been selected for notification by the Central Subcommittee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops, which comes under the Central Seed Committee, Ministry of Agriculture. Seed production could commence thereafter, UAS V-C R R Hanchinal said.

    He informed that the tests had shown that the UAS-304 was effective against Ug99, a fungal disease that devastated the wheat crop in East Africa, Yemen, Iran and Iraq. “This disease is on the threshold of reaching India, having already reached Afghanistan,” he said. Tests on the UAS-428 have confirmed its high-yielding capacity and suitability in combating malnutrition.
    Shreenivas A Desai, senior scientist (genetics and plant breeding), UAS, Dharwad, said, “The UAS-304 had been tested in the agriculture laboratories in Kenya and were found to be effective against the deadly fungus. The disease, which originated in Uganda in 1999, belongs to a race of black stem rust, which results in major crop loss, said senior scientist (Genetics and Plant Breeding) Shrinivas Desai. The UAS-304 was one of the 22 varieties of wheat recognised by the Karnal-based Directorate of Wheat Research for having the ability to combat the Ug99 disease and has been recommended for the peninsular region in India. This variety has the added advantage of being rich in micronutrients such as zinc, copper and iron. It has also exhibited average yields of 46.8 quintals per hectare which was higher than the existing varieties in the peninsular zone such as RAJ-4037 (43.9 quintalôha) and NIAW-917 (44.5q/ha). Though the yield was more in the variety MACS-6222 (47.1 q/ha), this variety has no resistance against Ug99.

    Another durum wheat variety, UAS-428, had been identified by the Central Varietal Identification Committee at the All-India Wheat Research Workers’ Workshop at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi recently.

    This variety yielded 47.9 quintals per ha, which was 14 per cent higher than the yield from the existing durum wheat varieties in the peninsular zone. It has shown better adaptability to variations in sowing periods, apart from resistance to the prevailing rust races (brown and black) and spot blotch leaf disease.

    This variety too was resistant to Ug99.
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  • Fortified sugarcane juice in Tetrapak: New technology from CFTRI stable
    Monday, October 17, 2011 08:00 IST

    Archana Aroor, Mumbai

    The growing health concern in consumers is prompting scientists to formulate not only new food products but also newer technologies for obtaining maximum health gains.

    Keeping these concerns in the backdrop, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, is contemplating a technology for fortified sugarcane juice, a product obtained form sugarcane juice through fortification.

    This was informed to Fnb News in a chat over telephone by Dr P Srinivas, chief scientist , head- plantation products, spices, flavour technology department, CFTRI, Mysore.

    Dr Srinivas said that beverages were an important source of nutrients and also an easy medium to deliver the nutrients to human body.

    “We have recently developed sugarcane juice in Tetrapak, and now we are contemplating the same for fortified sugarcane juice,” he said.

    Explaining further, Dr Srinivas said that with food fortification becoming the need of the hour, there was an impetus to developing such technology for nutrient-based beverages in the market.

    Prior to developing sugarcane juice in Tetrapak, the CFTRI had developed sugarcane juice in glass bottle and the technology for the same had already been transfered to around 1500 entrepreneurs in the industry. According to Dr Srinivas, conditions for processing sugarcane differed in both—glass bottles and Tetrapak. He claimed that Tetrapaks were safer than the bottled juices.
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  • DFRL to organise international meet at Mysore on food processing trends

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) is organising a 3-day International Symposium on Recent Trends in Processing and Safety of Specialty and Operational Foods from November 23 to 25, 2011.

    The symposium is aimed at identifying the operational food requirements of the armed forces and to arrive at appropriate solutions for the problems associated with food logistics of armed forces through collaborative approach.

    The conference is expected to have participants from academia, industries as well as high ranking policy- makers from the armed forces on a common platform. The discussions are expected to evolve strategies to develop appropriate food products to meet specific operational requirements, according to DFRL.

    The panel of speakers has been identified and we are awaiting their confirmation to participate. There will be known within a fortnight, according to DFRL.
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  • Milk Federation mulls new dairy unit in Udupi (

    MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada Milk Union Federation is scouting for a suitable place in Udupi to establish a higher-capacity dairy processing unit following constraints at its existing unit at Manipal.

    Federation president Raviraj Hegde told TOI that they are scouting for a 6-10 acre land in between Brahmavar and Udupi for the new unit, which will have the capacity to process 1.5 lakh litres of milk every day.

    The project cost is tentatively pegged at Rs 20-30 crore, depending upon the price of the land. Though Manipal dairy can process 60,000 litres of milk a day, it is working well above its capacity by processing close to 1 lakh litres.

    "We get nearly 1 lakh litres from our members in Udupi. The existing capacity is being squeezed and hence we want to establish a higher-capacity unit keeping in mind the future requirements and procurements,'' he added.

    There is sufficient land, close to 110 acres, available at the now defunct Brahmavar Sugar Factory, but the federation is not keen due to liabilities of the sugar factory. "This may force us to buy land at a higher cost. We have requested the state government to give us land in the Krishi Kendra nearby. If it materializes, the unit should come up soon,'' he added.

    Regarding the Mangalore processing unit at Kulshekar, Hegde said it had sufficient capacity at 2 lakh litres. Incidentally, the unit gets only 90,000L from its members.

    Though Udupi district's milk procurement is sufficient for the demand; in Mangalore the demand outstrips the supply. While the procurement is just 90,000 litres per day, the demand is close to 1.6 lakh litres, forcing the federation to procure excess from Karnataka Milk Federation's diaries in Hassan, Mysore and Mandya.
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  • KMF introduces 9 products - vermicelli payasa, curd - under Nandini brand

    Saturday, November 05, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has now introduced nine products, which are value additions to its portfolio, according to the company.

    The new range, marketed under the Nandini brand, covers vermicelli payasa instant mix, real thick curd, processed cheese block, processed cheese spread (plain, pepper and capsicum), matka kulfi (pista), cassatta ice cream, chocolate burfi, coconut burfi, and diced paneer.

    According to the KMF, the vermicelli payasa is the only instant mix in the market that needs only hot water and not milk.

    Further, the KMF also added that all the nine products are manufactured using the latest technology, under strict hygienic conditions.

    KMF chairman G Somashekhara Reddy; board of director H D Revanna; KMF MD A S Premanath; director (marketing) D Srinath; board of directors of KMF and officials / staff of KMF participated in the celebrations.

    The KMF has about 200 SKUs (stock keeping units), of which 68 are of ice creams and the remaining are of ethnic sweets, butter ghee, skimmed milk powder, ultra high temperature (UHT) ready-to-drink milk, dairy whitener, milk, curds and flavoured milk in bottles and Tetra Paks.
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  • Dakshina Kannada milk union to launch 5 new products

    Mangalore, Nov. 11:
    Keeping the needs of different segments of society in mind, the Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd is all set to launch five products in the market.

    To be launched on November 15, these products are aimed at youths, sportspersons and hotel industry.

    Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Mr Raviraja Hegde, President of the cooperative union, said that the cooperative will launch chocolate flavoured milk for the youth on November 15.

    To be offered in 200 ml bottles, it will be priced at Rs 15 a bottle.

    This will have a shelf-life of three months. With this product, the cooperative union is targeting young generation, he said.

    Mr Ravikumar Kakade, Managing Director of Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, said that the cooperative is also releasing ‘kokum fruit punch' to the market.

    This energy drink is a mixture of kokum fruit (Garcinia indica) juice and whey. (Whey is a by-product in the manufacture of cheese.) A 200-ml bottle of ‘kokum fruit punch' will be retailed at Rs 10.

    Apart from the youth, this product is targeted at sportspersons.

    Keeping the demand from hotels in mind, the cooperative will launch a 1-kg pack of curds in the market on that day. Mr Hegde said that the cooperative now markets curds in the packs of six kg, 400 gm and 200 gm.

    The 1-kg pack, aimed at hotels, will be sold at Rs 28, he said.

    The cooperative will also launch a 200-gm pack of ‘khoa' on the occasion. This will be priced at Rs 52 a pack, he said.

    Though the cooperative is marketing ‘paneer' in the packs of 200 gm and 1 kg, it is now planning to launch a 180-gm pack in the market.

    The 180-gm diced ‘paneer' will be available at Rs 40, he added.

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  • CAMPCO set to increase production capacity of its chocolate unit (

    MANGALORE: What do leading multi-national company chocolate brands such as Cadburys, Nestle, Lotte, Perfetti, and desi brands such as Nandini, Milma, and ITC have in common with Puttur, a bustling town on the road to Madikeri? It is the presence of multi-state co-operative Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd, which incidentally houses Karnataka's only chocolate manufacturing unit.

    Set up in 1986, Campco's first tryst with a MNC chocolate company came four-years later when it entered in to an agreement with Nestle to manufacture chocolates for them, and they in turn bought cocoa products from Campco. Nestle as per the agreement marketed under its own brand name. Now, two-decades later, Campco supplies finished products and bulk chocolate material to these brands and the demand for it is growing.

    Trying to keep pace with this demand, Campco has set on an ambitious expansion plan that would see its production capacity go up from 18,000 tonnes per annum to 23,000 tonnes per annum by October next. Campco has put forth a proposal to its board seeking approval for the capacity expansion at a cost of Rs 25 crore, which would be utilised for purchase of state of the art chocolate manufacturing machines from Italian company Carle and Montanari

    Campco at present crushes cocoa beans for Cadburys, provides finished products for Nandini, Nestle and Milma of Kerala, and bulk chocolate to ITC, Amul, Lotte and Perfetti, says Suresh Bhandary, general manager, Campco.

    "While majority of finished and bulk products are used by Nestle, with whom we have a very good understanding. Move by other companies such as Lotte to expand their presence is guiding Campco's expansion plans," he adds.

    This value addition done to an horticultural crop is helping farmers growing cocoa and selling it to the multi-state cooperative earn additional income, he says, adding the chocolate factory is working in three shifts to meet constant demand.

    Campco will look at newer partners once the capacity addition in terms of production goes online, he adds. So the next time you pop in one of those chocolates that melt in your mouths, thank Campco and Puttur for it.
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    Dr. V.K. Saraswath, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, lighting the lamp during the inauguration of the three-day international symposium organised by DFRL at SDM Institute for Management Development here this morning. Others seen are (from left) Dr. A.S. Bawa, DFRL Director; Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R&D), Life Sciences and International Co-Operation and Lt. Gen. Anil Malhotra, Col. Comdt. ASC, Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence. Picture right shows a section of the dignitaries.

    Mysore, Nov. 23 (KK&KMC)- The supplying of processed foods on a limited scale to the Armed Forces and other bodies for national missions is one of the biggest challenges faced by the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), city's premier food research laboratory, and it has been carrying out the task successfully since several years, said Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R&D), Life Sciences and International Co-Operation, New Delhi.

    Dr. Selvamurthy was speaking after inaugurating the three-day international symposium on the recent trends in processing and safety of speciality and operational foods, being held under the aegis of DFRL, at the SDM Institute for Management Development in Siddartha-nagar here this morning.

    "Defence personnel come from various States of the country, where the pattern of food differs vastly from one region to another. Hence, we need to cater to all their needs and process a variety of dishes which also need to be nutritious and healthy," he said and lauded the efforts of DFRL in attaining this objective.

    "Soldiers serving at high altitudes — especially along the border region of Kashmir — lose weight. Hence, they are now being supplied with millets and other such nutritious cereals, apart from calorie-rich chocolate bars and other foods items processed at the DFRL," he said.

    He recalled various activities of the DFRL including research and development in food science & technology, studies in the development of convenience foods, preservation of foods, food safety, food packaging, studies in the spoilage of foods, safety of processed foods, production and toxicological, nutritional and biochemical studies.

    Research works are also being done on the development of pack rations, their quality assurance methods, preservation and packaging methods for long distance transportation of perishable products, evaluation of nutritional requirements of troops deployed under different climatic conditions, he said.

    Padmashri Dr. V.K. Saras-wath, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Director-General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), delivered the presidential address.

    Lt. Gen. Anil Malhotra, Director General of Supplies and Transport and Col. Comdt. ASC, Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), Dr. A.S. Bawa, Director of DFRL and others were present.

    Eminent speakers from India and abroad are scheduled to deliver lectures at the symposium which is aimed at bringing users, the services, Paramilitary forces, Scientists, Academicians, Technologists and Entrepreneurs on a common platform. Over 200 participants from across India and scholars and researchers from US, UK and other countries will participate in the Symposium, he said.

    An exhibition featuring various products, processes, techniques and training opportunities available at DFRL for Services and as well as industries, was inaugurated by Dr. Selvamurthy.

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  • CAMPCO plans to invest Rs 25 crore for plant expansion in Dakshina Kannada
    Saturday, November 26, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Dakshina Kannada (South Karnataka)-based Canara Arecanut Marketing and Processing Co-operative (CAMPCO) has now proposed to invest Rs 25 crore to expand its facility for production and mixing unit.

    “The expansion will take the installed capacity from the current 14,000 metric tonnes to 17,000 metric tonnes,” A Subramanya Bhat, managing director, CAMPCO, told FnB News in a telephonic interaction.

    The company registered a growth of 25 per cent in March 2011, and is expected to garner more revenues in the coming years going by the demand for contract manufacturing.

    It recently bagged a contract to become the southern hub for chocolate manufacturing for the Anand Milk Union Limited (AMUL). “We are already engaged in production of chocolates for Nestle where CAMPCO is also a co-packer. For some chocolates of Cadbury’s, now owned by Kraft Foods, the company is engaged in cocoa bean press,” he added.

    CAMPCO also manufactures for ITC, Karnataka Milk Federation, Milma, Lotte and Perfetti. The chocolate manufacturing unit is located at Kemminje Village near Puttur in Dakshina Kannada where the factory in Puttur has seen growth over the years. The production at the factory stood at 10,435 tonnes in 2008-09 and 11,065 tonnes in 2009-10. During 2010-11, the total production reached 13,623 tonnes.

    As part of clean environment initiatives, the company has also opted for green energy via windmill installations.

    The company, which set up its operations in 1986, inked the first pact for contract production with Nestle, since then both global and Indian chocolate majors have opted to outsource their production to CAMPCO.

    The factory, which is currently the largest in South East Asia, manufactures cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder which are industrial products for internal and export market. It also produces moulded chocolates, enrobed chocolates, chocolate eclairs, sugar-coated chocolate buttons and instant drinking chocolate which are finished products for internal market and have export potential.

    Its machines are sourced from Carle & Montanari Spa, Italy, Aasted International APS, Denmark, Otto Hansel Gmbh, West Germany, Sollich Gmbh & Co., Germany and Sig Swiss Industrial Co., Switzerland.
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  • Suguna plans ready-to-eat products plant in B'lore

    Coimbatore-based Suguna Poultry Farm Limited (SPFL), one of the largest producers of poultry broilers in the country, is planning to set up a ready-to-eat chicken products plant in Bangalore, according to K Ravindran, director (sales and marketing).

    “We have zeroed in on Bangalore as it is a logistically-ideal location. We will start work on the unit in two months from now and commence production in the next one-and-a-half to two years. The proposed plant, which will entail an investment of Rs 25 crore, will have an annual capacity to make 300 tonne of ready-to-eat products like chicken popcorn, nuggets, fried chicken and biryani,” he told Business Standard on the sidelines of the three-day Poultry India 2011 here.

    Suguna Poultry garners around 95 per cent of its over Rs 4,000-crore revenues from broiler live birds and 5 per cent from its consumer products division. Ravindran said the company was now laying thrust on reducing the broiler live birds business and augment growth in processed chicken and further-processed chicken (ready-to-eat) products segment, thereby increasing the consumer products division’s contribution to 10 per cent in the next four years.

    “Towards this, we are embarking on expanding our retail presence, primarily in south India. Right now, we have 85 Suguna Daily Fresh retail outlets, which offer fresh chilled chicken and ready-to-eat grilled chicken, and we are planning to open 500 more franchisee-owned outlets in cities like Bangalore Chennai and in Kerala in the next financial year,” Ravindran said, adding the company intended to float a new division – Suguna Foods – and bring ready-to-eat products and branded eggs under its fold.

    While the world per capita consumption of poultry and related products is 55 kg, the Indian average is only 3 kg. However, the per capital consumption in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is around 9 per cent, which holds huge potential for value-added products, he said.

    In the Indian table egg market, pegged at 150 million eggs per day (excluding 2 million supplied to egg powder manufacturing units and 3 million exported to Afghanistan and African countries), Suguna at present has a 0.5 per cent market share.

    “We are seeing high level of acceptance for our branded eggs in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. We will be entering the Delhi market this month and expand to Chandigarh and Kolkata in due course. Our aim is to corner at least 2 per cent of the table egg sales in the country by the end of next year,” Ravindran said.

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  • Karnataka expects over Rs 50,000 crore investments from agri-business meet

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 08:00 IST
    Our Bureau, Bangalore

    The Karnataka government is expecting huge investments to flow in agro industries for upgrading infrastructure during the two-day Global Agri-business Meet which will be held on December 1 and 2, at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), on the Peenya-Tumkur Road.

    State chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda said that the union minister for agriculture, Sharad Pawar, will inaugurate the event during which domestic and several multinational companies from the Netherlands, France, Australia and Israel were expected to participate.

    "An estimated Rs 51,727 crore of private investment is likely to flow in and the food processing sector alone may attract about Rs 36,000 crore investment," he said.

    Other potential areas for investment are upgradation of the existing facilities, internal support facilities for agricultural business, product branding and post-harvest facilities.

    As many as 40 companies have agreed to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) during the summit, which is estimated to cost the government Rs 20 crore.

    Further, an estimated 40,000 acres of land is required for the proposed investments and about 10,000 acres are already available with the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Gowda informed.

    "The government will offer land available with it to the investors, if required, however, huge tracts of farm lands will not be acquired for the purpose," the chief minister said.

    A special purpose vehicle known as the Karnataka Agri-Business Development Board has been set-up to coordinate the agri business investments in the state, stated the chief minister.

    The event, aimed at making agriculture a profitable venture for farmers, was scheduled to be held soon after the Global Investors Meet in 2010 but was postponed many times due to the political upheaval in the state.

    Meanwhile, coming clear on the GM (genetically modiefied) trials, Gowda informed that investors would not be allowed to carry out tests of genetically modified crops in the name of agri-businessas and that the government was against the central government's Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill.

    Farmers associations feared that the multinational companies would get the permission through the single-window system and the state government would lose control over the farm sector, if the Bill was passed, Gowda clarified.
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  • Britannia Industries Limited plans to set up a plant in Karnataka (

    Britannia Industries Limited’s plant in Gujarat has been planned at Bharuch, considered to be a strategic location having a port and significant dairy production. Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries Limited said that there are plans to have a plant in Karnataka and that the company needs to expand its capacities to keep pace with a 20 per cent growth in its sales.
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  • Amidst protests, state inks MoU worth Rs 53,000 cr at agri meet

    Press Trust Of India / Chennai/ Bangalore December 02, 2011, 0:00
    Amidst protests by farmers against private investment in agriculture, Karnataka on Thursday signed MoUs with various companies envisaging a whopping investment of over Rs 53,000 crore in farm and allied sectors.

    The agreements were inked at the state’s maiden global agribusiness and food processing summit here in the presence of Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda as the state sought to showcase opportunities in the areas.

    Major investments include those from Harold Doan and Associates, Srei Infrastructure Finance (Rs 15,000 crore each), Wadhwan Mega Infrastructure (Rs 10,000 crore), Welspun Infratech (Rs 5,000 crore) and MARG Limited (Rs 4,000 crore).

    The 31 companies, which signed the MoUs, proposed to invest in different areas, including agribusiness and post-harvest infrastructure, agro industrial clusters, floriculture, horticulture and food processing, totalling Rs 53,724.5 crore.

    In addition, it was announced that State Bank of India has agreed to finance up to Rs 40,000 crore for agribusiness projects in the state. At the inaugural function, farmers raised slogans against the two-day meet, alleging pledging of thousands of acres of arable land to multinational and private companies by the government and highlighting the “adverse impact” on their entry into the farm sector.

    Farmers staged a protest outside as well, and police kept a tight vigil and set up check-points along the route to the venue to keep them at bay. Noting that the Government has announced an integrated agri business development policy seeking to cover a large spectrum of nearly 300 projects in agricultural and allied sectors, the Chief Minister said there are concerns about the availability of land for implementation of this initiative.

    “I can assure you that there will be no forcible acquisition of land,” Gowda said.

    “We are making provisions that the lands which the farmers own can be used as an equity in the venture and this land would continue to be with the ownership of the farmer.”

    The Chief Minister said the government has already identified 4,000 hectares from its land-bank and “we have also through our stakeholders’ meetings received good response with regard to farmers participating in agribusiness”.

    “Impediments in the Land Reforms Act, APMC Act etc are being removed. We are also ensuring that only serious players are invited and not speculators or real estate agents,” he added. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily did not attend the inaugural function in view of the ongoing Parliament session and raging debate on Government’s move on allowing Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail.

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  • Key sugar season ahead for EID Parry

    CHENNAI, DEC. 2:

    E.I.D-Parry is set to achieve capacity utilisation in the first full sugar season in 2011-12 following its acquisitions of sugar mills in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is set to benefit from the diversified location which gives it the advantage of high recovery and relatively low cost sugarcane in Karnataka which could offset the high costs and lower sugar recoveries in its home base in Tamil Nadu.

    In the long term, the company is set to expand in Karnataka — a premium location for sugarcane operations due to the cost advantage — as a platform to tap the markets in central India and expand into neighbouring sugarcane regions.

    Following the acquisition of a majority stake in GMR group's sugar business, now an associate company in the form of Parry Sugars, and the acquisition of Ugar Sugars, which is now a subsidiary of E.I.D-Parry, the Murugappa Group company has emerged the largest sugar mill company in South India with a presence in all the major sugar growing States in the region. It controls nine sugar mills, about 145 MW of cogeneration capacity and a 230 kilolitres a day of distillery capacity.


    Mr Ravindra Singhvi, Managing Director, E.I.D-Parry, told Business Line, that the 2011-12 sugar season (September to October) will be a significant threshold for the company, which now has a daily sugarcane crushing capacity of about 32,000 tonnes across the three southern States and the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It is set to crush about 7 million tonnes of sugarcane during the season.

    Sugarcane planting estimates show that in the 2012-13 sugarcane season, the company is set to process about 7.5 million tonnes of sugarcane.

    Karnataka will be a focus area for the company, with sugar recoveries in the 12 per cent range which is a significant increase over the 9-10 per cent recoveries seen in Tamil Nadu. Sugarcane prices in Karnataka are also lower than in Tamil Nadu, where it hovers around Rs 2,000 a tonne.

    Its long term plans include expanding into Maharashtra and Gujarat once the operations in the South are consolidated. After 2013-14 it hopes to achieve a capacity to handle about 10 million tonnes of sugarcane, he said.

    Its largest capacities are concentrated in Tamil Nadu where E.I.D-Parry operates four mills, and including the one in Pondicherry, its sugarcane processing capacity is about 19,200 tcd, 85 MW of cogeneration and 135 klpd of distillery. It will handle over 5 million tonnes of sugarcane this season which is about 25 per cent more than its operations in the last season. Three factories have commenced operations for the season and two more will go on stream this month.

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  • Experts stress need for implementation of open access programme

    CFTRI to open academic resources to world soon

    Mysore, Dec 2, DHNS

    The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), the premier technological institute of the country will soon open its resources – the research outcome, investigations, patents, research papers and desertations– to the world under the open access programme.

    The data bank on the research publications and other findings of the institute would be available through e-prints online and accessible from anywhere in the world when the CFTRI adopts the open access programme in the next few months.

    The programme is on line with the CSIR and government directive to make the knowledge base of all scientific and research institutes public. As a prelude to the implementation of the programme, the CFTRI hosted a sensitisation programme for the
    scientists on Friday, in a bid to create awareness on open access programme.

    In his inaugural address, Gangan Prathap, director, National Institute of Scientific Communication and Information Resource, a unit of CSIR said the access to the scientific data and research papers has many advantages. The exchange of ideas and research between reputed scientific institutions in the world will be the future of science and technology.

    “We will be able to share and exchange the ideas about particular research process done in Brazil and China and that of India. There should not be any hesitation to make the research findings public in fear of somebody finding a mistake or pose a challenge to it. The data used by others and challenged by others is good. Science learns from mistakes and don’t be afraid of it,” he told the gathering here.

    He cited the example of how big drug companies in India and worldwide and retail giants like Wal-mart have a process called data mining to keep tab on their progress in the respective markets.

    On the occasion, G Venkateshwara Rao, acting director of CFTRI said the institute’s library had about 27,000 collection of books, encyclopaedia, journals and manuals. There are also over 42,000 periodicals from across the world beginning from the year 1930 onwards.

    “Our library also subscribes to about 370 e-booksfrom CSIR institutes and other international scientific bodies. We have developed a high-end infrastructural for LAN service within the campus. While, high resolution scanners are also used to digitise the research works and findings,” the acting director said.

    The library management has been wholly computerised with multilingual management support. Presently, CFTRI’s works and research prints are available within the campus through LAN. The switching to open access would provide for a e-print of academic resources through website.

    Geetha Seetharam, P V Salimath, S N Krishna Rao of CFTRI and others were present.

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  • Nandini paneer in new packet soon
    Mouth-watering: Dishes made out of Nandini paneer on display at the hotel and bakery owners' meet of Dakshina Kannada Milk Union in Mangalore on Tuesday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj

    Nandini brand diced paneer will shortly be available in a new packet that will improve its shelf life, Managing Director of Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ravikumar Kakade said on Tuesday.

    Mr. Kakade was responding to a question from a hotelier on the damage caused to paneer because of fluctuations in power supply. He was participating in a meeting of Hotel and Bakery owners organised by the union here.

    President of the Hotel Owners' Association Kudbi Jagdish Shenoy said fluctuation in power supply damaged paneer. “Paneer will be good if it is fresh. But fluctuation in power supply has affected it. We cannot blame the union but the government,” he said.

    To this, Mr. Kakade said the union would be shortly releasing diced paneer in nitrogen-flushed packets. “This keeps the diced paneer fresh. You need not worry about fluctuations in power supply.” These packets could be stored in refrigerator along with other items. “We have started trials (of the packing). New packets will be released in the next 10 days,” Mr. Kakade said.

    About launching various varieties of paneer such as “malai paneer”, Mr. Kakade said the union could do it if there was a demand. “We can come up with different varieties if there is a minimum demand for 100 kg,” he said. At present, the union was supplying 300 kg of plain paneer. “This demand may go up to 500 kg,” he said.

    Mr. Shenoy spoke about the problem faced by hoteliers on days when milk containing less fat was supplied. “This affects our curd preparation. There have been times when we have to face customers' wrath for not providing thick curd,” he said.

    To this, Mr. Kakade said the union had planned to provide curd in 50 ml cups for hotels.

    But such a production would depend on the demand from hotels. Mr. Kakade said the union was also working on providing “khowa” in new packets. It was ready to provide “khowa” to hotels and sweet shops in five kg packets. The union had come out with a process that removed black particles from the 15 kg tin of Nandini ghee, he added. President of the union Raviraj Hegde, former president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Harikrishna Punaoor and vice-president of the Hotel Owners' Association Swarna Sunder spoke.
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  • Food lab to set up plant to help tomato growers

    MYSORE: The city-based premier Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) is getting ready to dish out more to foodies. In a move that could help the farming community add value to tomato crops, one of the vegetables used largely in South Indian homes, the premier facility is setting up a unit. It is focusing on converting the produce into tomato-based products including pickle. Their aim is to assist farmers who are at the receiving end when the rates of the perishable goods plummet.

    The tomato processing unit will help farmers in the region to process their produce better so that its shelf life is extended. "The unit will add value to tomato products and also teach farmers about value-addition," DFRL director A S Bawa said. The DFRL has approached the state government seeking land to set up the plant at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. The plant is expected to be in place in two months. "We will invest Rs 10 lakh for the project. To start with, the unit will demonstrate and train farmers," Bawa said. The unit plans to produce tomato juice, pickles and ketchup, which the DFRL is pitching to the state government to market.

    The DRFL plans to work out the scheme locally and in small measures and replicates it in other areas where tomatoes are grown in large quantities. Kolar and surrounding areas and Dakshina Kannada are major tomato growing areas. The perishable commodity is going to waste in the absence of facilities to store it and also because the technology to extend its shelf-life is not available to the farmers. The project is to empower the farming community to cut down their losses and also to dish out products for the foodies.

    As of now, tomatoes, which are being grown in the many parts are getting wasted especially during peak harvest season owing to glut. The project aims to generate jobs locally too. The DFRL, which is celebrating its golden jubilee, has developed a number of new and novel processing methods and new products. For this, it has had to go through the well-established procedure of identifying or modifying the qualitative requirements to suit the users, develop new processing methods wherever necessary, conduct storage studies to assess the useful life of the product and carry out field trials to test their acceptability.
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  • International Breweries plans acquisition in Karnataka

    Bangalore, Dec 9, DHNS:

    Toronto-based International Breweries Ltd (IBL) is planning to acquire a brewery in Karnataka in the next five to six months. The company which has already invested around Rs 30 crore in India, will invest another Rs 100 crore for the acquisition of a 2,00,000 hecto litre beer plant in the State.

    Talking to Deccan Herald, IBL Executive Director Peter S Harvey said, “We are also expanding our portfolio of offerings by adding a new brand: Australian Draught.”

    The company currently sells beer under two brands: Australian Max and Australian Lager.

    Recently, IBL’s Australian Max, a premium strong beer brewed at the Khoday Breweries in Bangalore, has won the titles of “World’s Best Strong Lager” and “Asia’s Best Strong Lager” at the World Beer Awards, the company said.
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  • S. Rajendran

    Karnataka has now emerged as one of the top sugar producing States in the country, after Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

    The State's sugar production has shot up to 37.14 lakh tonnes, an increase of 12.25 lakh tonnes in just under a year, according to reports received in the State headquarters about a fortnight ago.

    The sugar year commences in October and ends in September. Even sugar recovery has improved dramatically, and Karnataka now stands second, after Maharashtra. Sugar recovery is the yield of sugar for every tonne of sugarcane crushed in factories. The average recovery in the State is now 10.95 per cent. It is 11.50 per cent in Maharashtra and 9.7 per cent in Uttar Pradesh.

    Secretary of the State unit of the Farmers Federation of India C. Narasimhappa said that since sugarcane is a cash crop, it was a happy augury that Karnataka had emerged as the third largest sugar producer in the nation. It was only some years ago that the State overtook Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It now has almost 60 sugar factories, a quantum jump over the past decade.

    The sugarcane crushing season has just started, and 58 sugar factories have commenced operations. The remaining two are set to begin crushing in a few days. Sugarcane production in the State has increased from 228 lakh tonnes to 339.03 lakh tonnes in just about a year although the area under sugarcane has only marginally increased, indicating that the yield per hectare has increased appreciably.

    Prof. Narasimhappa said 25 per cent of the 60 sugar factories were located south of the Tungabhadra river and 75 per cent in northwest and north Karnataka, i.e. north of the Tungabhadra. The factories south of the Tungabhadra have a lower rate of recovery than those on the other side.

    It is another matter that the Old Mysore region was once regarded as the sugar bowl of the State, with Mandya being called the sugar city. One of the first sugar mills, Mysore Sugar Company, was located in Mandya.

    Sugarcane growers say sugar production can go up further provided the sugar factories pay the growers a reasonable price and in time.

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  • Bangalore, Dec 2 (IANS)

    Karnataka attracted investment proposals of Rs.1.10 lakh crore (Rs.1.1 trillion) in agriculture and allied sectors at the first Agri-business and Food Processing summit held here for two days since Thursday.

    "We have signed 42 agreements with industry partners during the summit with a combined investment of Rs.1.10-lakh crore in agri-related projects, including Rs.35,488 crore for developing agri-infrastructure regions across the state," Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said Friday.

    Of the total, Rs.9,635 crore will be invested in food processing sector, Rs.3,845 crore in agriculture and horticulture engineering services, Rs.2,506 crore in the animal husbandry sector, Rs.1,575 crore in the fisheries sector and Rs.1,923 crore in setting up knowledge hubs in the state.

    "As infrastructure development is critical to nurture agriculture and agro-based industry, the state government will create an enabling environment to facilitate capacity building and technology upgradation by the industry partners for increasing productivity of various crops," Gowda said in his valedictory address on the concluding day of the summit at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on the city's outskirts.

    Noting that backward and forward linkages were essential for processing, value addition and packaging to market agri-based products, he said increasing mechanisation was the need of the hour.

    "Greater mechanisation will ensure better quality, higher productivity and support to farmers while the food processing industry will enhance the product value to serve consumers better," the chief minister asserted.

    The state has also attracted investment proposals in sericulture, poultry, bee-keeping, fisheries and animal husbandry. Allaying fears of farmer groups on investments by the private sector in agriculture and allied sectors, Gowda said the objective of the summit was to facilitate investments in providing linkages and bringing in technology for higher productivity.

    "As the government is committed to ensure sustainable development of agriculture and allied sectors and protect farmers from vagaries of nature and fluctuating prices, the proposed investments will facilitate hi-tech cultivation and mechanisation for higher returns to them," he asserted.

    Referring to the new agriculture business development policy to attract investments in the sector, which accounts for 16 percent of the state's gross domestic product, Gowda said countries the world over have shown that modernisation of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry maximised returns to farmers and other stakeholders in the food chain.

    "Latest technology and investments from experienced countries such as Australia, France, Israel and the Netherlands will go a long way in boosting the agro-based economy of the state and improve the living standards of our farmers and others involved in the allied sectors," the chief minister added.

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  • DFRL allocates Rs 10 lakh to set up tomato processing unit in Karnataka

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore, has slated an investment of Rs 10 lakh to set up a tomato processing plant in Mysore where the Karnataka government will chip in its support for land to establish the facility.

    “We are now in a dialogue with the state government and would extend our expertise for the same in terms of technology and training,” said Dr A S Bawa, director and outstanding scientist, DFRL, while speaking to FnB News.

    Dr Bawa who was in Bangalore during the recently-concluded 5th National Bakery Seminar said that the plant would allow farmers cultivating tomato to use the facility to process the crop and be able to generate the required revenues during an off-season and in the wake of a glut in the market.

    The plant would be a small level demonstration unit with a pilot scale facility and a training centre. “We need to impart the necessary skills on the kind of tomatoes to be taken for processing. DFRL is looking at helping the farming community to develop basic products like juices, pickles, ketchup and jams to begin with. It will provide the required information on adhering to high quality and improvements in shelf life,” he said.

    DFRL is looking to support only for the first tomato unit which is a model plant. Therefore the involvement of the government is key to this project because they need to look at the viability and help set up more such centres across the state, more so in the tomato-growing belt of Kolar, Bangalore rural among others. “There is a need for one such centre in each village to support the farmer who is in dire straits to cope during a tomato crop glut when the produce is either discarded or led to rot, thus leading him to penury,” said Dr Bawa.

    The key objective of the initiative is to help the farming community. The government can buy the value-added tomato products to assist the farmer in generating the earnings. The move is also viewed to provide employment opportunities to the rural youth.

    DFRL which has been engaged in several technology transfers to the food entrepreneurs also announced the setting up of its second centre in Mysore on 20 acres. This is part of the laboratory’s golden jubilee year to increase its presence and further enhance the food research and development. “The new lab which is expected to start construction early next year would house a technology incubation centre, pilot plant and an analytical lab which would assist the industry for its early stage product development,” added Dr Bawa.
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  • Coconut Board clears neera project (

    KOCHI, DEC 13:
    The Project Approval Committee meeting of the Technology Mission on Coconut has cleared a project for establishment of Neera demonstration unit at the Horticulture Farm, Thumbe in South Karnataka. The committee approved the project at a total cost of Rs 1.15 crore.

    The project was submitted by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka under Technology Mission on Coconut. There are technologies available (low cost and high cost) to preserve Neera for a period of 3 days to 2 months. The technology has been developed by Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and DFRL, Mysore.

    Neera is a sugar containing juice obtained by tapping unopened spadix (inflorescence) of coconut palm. Neera can easily be converted into value-added processed products such as jaggery, sugar, candy, ice cream, toffee etc. These products have high market value.

    ‘Neera', being a non alcoholic and nutritious drink, the Board intends to promote it for its value-addition potential, employment generation, and sustenance of enhanced returns to the farmers. The share of the Coconut Development Board to the project cost will be Rs.28.75 lakh.

    An average of 150-180 litres of Neera can be tapped from a tree (average 2-3 litres a tree a day) over a period of six months tapping period. This gives a return of nearly Rs.30,000 an acre, that approximately works out to 30 functional trees, a press release issued here said.
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  • Coconut board to partly finance new processing units, refurbishing of old units

    The Coconut Development Board and the Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, have jointly developed a technology for preserving and packing tender coconut water in pouches and aluminium cans.

    Under the Technology Mission on Coconut, the board will provide financial assistance for setting up coconut-water processing units for production of value-added products at the rate of 25 per cent of the project cost, but not more than Rs 50 lakh. The assistance will be extended as credit-linked back-ended subsidy. Modernisation and expansion of existing processing units will also be eligible for assistance.

    The technology helps retain flavour of the water in pouches or cans for three months at room temperature and for six months under refrigerated conditions.

    At present, six units have been set up in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for commercial production. Another unit was established recently in Tamil Nadu. The board will charge a fee of Rs 3.5 lakh for technology transfer, a press release said.

    For the loan, a project report about the coconut-processing unit should be submitted through a bank or financial institution. Besides, the board is also providing financial assistance for promoting tender coconut parlours, kiosks, outlets, etc. The board expects a surge in demand for natural tender-coconut water during the coming peak season, the release added.
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  • State approves new sugar mills

    Bannari Amman Sugars Ltd is setting up a greenfield unit to manufacture white crystal sugar with a capacity of 3,750 TCD (tonnes crushed per day) with 25 Mw cogeneration plant using bagasse ô biomass in Mysore district at an investment of Rs 375 crore.

    The Karnataka government has recently approved the company’s proposal, which also includes setting up 75 kilolitres per day (KLPD) distillery. The company would generate employment to about 416 persons in this plant.

    The state high level clearance committee had issued in-principle clearance to the proposal in July this year.
    The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) would acquire 375 acres land at Chowdahalli

    village of HD Kote taluk in Mysore district for the proposed project on 70 per cent consent basis, the government order said.

    The state government is also providing 7 MLD of water from the Kabini river and 500 KVA initial power. The government would also provide concessions and incentives as per the industrial policy of the state. However, the company has been asked to obtain environmental clearance from the ministry of environment and forests, government of India and other clearances from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

    The company has also been asked to prepare a plan for development of human resources required for the project, train local people and provide employment to these trained local youth.

    The government has also asked the company to provide employment to at least one member of the family of each land loser if the land is acquired through KIADB.

    The government has also accorded approval to Manali Sugars Ltd to set up a unit to manufacture 2,500 TCD sugar mill with 10 Mw co-gen plant in Bijapur district at an investment of Rs 98.94 crore.

    The plant is expected to generate employment for 221 persons. The plant would be set up at an area of 87 acres already existing with the company.

    Karnataka is the third largest producer of sugar in the country and accounts for about 15 per cent of the country’s total sugar production this year. As many as 59 sugar mills crushed 33.61 million tonnes of sugarcane during the sugar year 2010-11 (October to September), showing a growth of 47.3 per cent over the previous year. During the year 2009-10 sugar season, the mills in the state had crushed 22.81 million tonnes of sugarcane, industry sources said.

    Sugar production in Karnataka has hit an all-time high of 3.67 million tonnes during the sugar year, a growth of a whopping 49.3 per cent over the previous year. During the year 2009-10, mills in the state had produced 2.45 million tonnes.
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  • Nestle gets into contract coffee farming in K'taka (

    PTI | 06:01 PM,Jan 05,2012

    Mumbai, Jan 5 (PTI) Swiss consumer goods and dairy major Nestle today said it has got into contract farming for coffee in Karnataka. "Nescafe Plan is a global initiative by Nestle that brings under one umbrella the company's commitment on coffee farming, production and consumption and will help us further optimise our coffee supply chain," the company said in a statement here. Nestle's R&D team aims to provide farmers with high- yielding, disease resistant plantlets suitable for local conditions, it said. "Through the initiative, the company seeks to source coffee sustainably by working closely with coffee farmers and ensuring competitive prices, transparency and traceability," the company added. The company has set up the coffee demo farm and training centre at Bindhu in Kodagu district of Karnataka. "Nescafe is the world's leading coffee brand. As a leader we have the responsibility to continue to supply good quality coffee to consumers, while ensuring that coffee farming remains attractive for farmers and is sustainable across the value chain," Nestle executive vice-president and zonal director for Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East Nandu Nandkishore said. "There is a mutual interest. If we want to be successful in the long-term we need to create value for our shareholders at the same time as for the communities in which we operate," he added. The company said it is assisting coffee farmers in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to develop their agricultural practices as demand for Nescafe soluble coffee grows in the country. "Indian coffee is amongst the best in the world and we would like to use our own expertise in coffee to help it retain its excellence in the future as well. "In the Nescafe Plan our team will work with coffee farmers as well as other experts and the Nestle R&D centre in France to combine the traditional wisdom amongst the coffee farmers in India with the benefits of modern science to make coffee farming more successful and sustainable," Nestle India chairman and managing director Antonio Helio Waszyk said. PTI DS BEN VKV

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  • Mega dairy at a cost of Rs 80 crore approved

    Also approval for the construction of a mega dairy at a cost of Rs 80 crore is an important milestone, said federation president C Omprakash.

    Addressing a media conference here on Wednesday, Omprakash said the decision to hike the prices was taken by the government as it would help the farmers.

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  • Mega dairy project awaits nod

    The Mysore Milk Union, a unit of the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) that procures milk from cooperative producers, is awaiting the Finance Department's nod to its mega dairy project announced in the 2011 budget.

    The project was proposed in Mysore to give the dairy sector in the region a boost. It was announced that the KMF and the State Government would jointly take up the project.

    The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) had developed the project plan of Rs. 110 crore for the dairy, planned on a 10-acre plot at Alanahalli. Mysore Milk Union president Omprakash told The Hindu that he met Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda in Bangalore recently and discussed the proposal with him.

    “The Chief Minister had promised to take up the issue with the department concerned. We are hoping to get a positive reply from the Finance Department. If it was difficult to fund the project fully, the Government can release at least Rs. 50 crore in two instalments and the remaining will be mobilised by the KMF,” the president said.

    Need of the hour

    He said the existing capacity of the dairy on Bannur Road here was two lakh litres. But, the dairy has been processing close to five lakh litres of milk daily.

    “Therefore, a mega dairy has become the need of the hour,” he said.

    The Mysore Milk Union recorded its highest milk procurement of 5.13 lakh litres last year. This is the highest-ever procurement since the formation of the union, which covers the districts of Mysore and Chamarajanagar.

    A record

    The rise in milk production is attributed to managerial practices and support facilities for producers. The union had taken various steps to ensure increase in milk production. The procurement of 5.13 lakh litres was a record for the union. “The average daily milk production is 4.63 lakh litres,” Mr. Omprakash said.

    Milk procurement in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts is rated among the highest in the State.
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  • KMF launches 100 ml milk packs

    Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd (KMF), the second largest co-operative dairy in the country, today launched Nandini GoodLife toned milk in 100 ml tetra packs at a price point of Rs 4.

    The new product would be made available to consumers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, KMF said in a statement.

    “The new format will help us reach even the most remote areas of the southern States,” said KMF Chairman, Mr G. Somasekhara Reddy.

    Packaging their toned milk in TFA packages allows KMF to increase the reach of the product with its lower pricing,” said the Tetra Pak South Asia Markets Managing Director, Mr Kandarp Singh.
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  • CM to lay foundation for sea food processing plant today

    Mangalore, January 27 2012, DHNS:
    The plant will be set up at a cost of ` 5 crore

    The foundation stone for the proposed modern sea food processing plant under the Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) will be laid by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on January 28, in the premises of Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) in Hoige Bazaar.

    Addressing a press meet, KFDC President Nithin Kumar said that the government under RKVY sanctioned Rs 25 crore to the KFDC to strengthen the fish marketing activities in Karnataka. The modern sea food processing plant will be set up at a cost of Rs 5 crore.

    The plant was proposed, following the shortage of fish processing plants. As a result, the fish catch from Mangalore was being transported to Kerala and exported from there.

    Plant features

    The plant which will come up will consist of 500 tonne frozen storage, 10 tonne capacity flake ice plant, trolly freezer having a capacity of 10 tonne per day, plate freezer of 6 tonne capacity per day and 10 tonne chilled room.

    This plant will have water purification unit (RO), Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), Quality control lab meeting the standards of export inspection council of India (AIC), European Union (EU) and will implement HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). It is proposed to produce frozen fish and fishery products, value added- ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat fishery products for domestic and export market.

    The work of constructing the plant has been entrusted to the lowest bidder M/s ETA Engineering Company, Bangalore, for Rs 4.56 crore. The plant will be ready within a period of 9 months, he said and added that there is a lot of potential for processing of sea food for domestic and export market. “The establishment of the plant will help to supply fish and value added fishery products to other countries. This will also help in getting remunerative prices for the fish caught in Mangalore and neighbouring fishing harbours and will create employment to the local people,” said Kumar.

    The foundation stone will be laid by the Chief Minister at 8.45 am. Deputy Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly N Yogish Bhat will preside.

    District-In-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar, State Fisheries, Science and Technology Minister Anand V Asnotikar, ZP President K T Shailaja Bhat, MLA U T Khader, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA K Abhayachandra, MLA B Ramanath Rai, MLA Vasanth Bangera, MLA S Angara, MLA Mallika Prasad, MLC Captain Ganesh Karnik, Coastal Development Authority Chairman B Nagaraj Shetty and others will be the chief guests.

    20 modern, hygenic fish markets

    KFDC Limited was sanctioned Rs 25 crore under RKVY in the year 2008-2009. The project is spread over a period of four years. As on December 31, 2011, Rs 13.19 crore has been spent out of the 17.85 crore released to the Corporation, said Kumar.

    Work on the integrated fish retail outlet at Davangere, Chitradurga and Siddalingapura and Gokulam in Mysore are nearing completion. Work of Mathshyadarshinis -Fish restaurants in Yalahanka and near Government Aquarium in Bangalore is taken up.

    The corporation has a target of having 20 modern and hygenic fish markets at the cost of Rs 10 lakh each. The Corporation has entered into an MoU with KVAFSU, Bidar, for the establishment of a 100 Tonne Frozen storage and an Aquarium Holding Unit is planned at Hebbal in Bangalore.

    For quarantining and holding Aquarium Fishes Corporation has set up a unit in Hoige Bazar, Mangalore. The unit will be commissioned shortly. Under RKVY Rs 25 lakhs is earmarked for establishing ornamental fish production unit which includes training, infrastructure and subsidy, said Kumar.

    Profit goes up

    KFDC Limited with the financial support from state and central governments has improved performance in making profit for the last six years. The accumulated loss has come down from Rs 8.65 crore (2009-10) to Rs 7.52 crore (2010-11). The annual profit has gone up from Rs 71.22 lakh (2009-10) to Rs 107 lakh (2010-11). The turnover of the corporation has increased from Rs 58.76 crore (2009-10) to Rs 77.63 crore (2010-11), informed KFDC President Nitin Kumar.
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  • Canadian grant to improve regional staple foodgrain production (

    The University of Agricultural Sciences-Dharwad (UAS-D) has designed de-hulling equipment for minor millets and would shortly roll out food processing units in four States with a Rs 3.50-crore grant from the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), Canada.

    Millet is one of the cheapest sources of food grain that is easily accessible to the poor, and the drop in its production has had an adverse impact on grain diversity in the rural food basket. In order to address this issue, CIFSRF is funding a project to strengthen regional staple food grains in India to extend food security at the local village level.

    Major growing regions such as Haveri (jowar) in Karnataka, Namakal (ragi) in Tamil Nadu, Koraput (ragi) in Orissa and Rudrapriyag (barnyard millet and haraka) in Uttaranchal have been chosen for the millet project, which will receive technical support from McGill University, Canada.

    Dr Nirmala B. Yenagi, Professor and Head, Department of Food Science and Nutrition at UAS-D, said: “With the help of McGill University, we have designed de-hulling equipment. Also, as part of the project, we are rolling out food processing units for value addition to millets at all the project sites.”

    “Along with food processing units, efforts are being made to link production and marketing to enhance the entrepreneurial leadership of women, by forming self-help groups (SHGs),” she added.

    On Saturday, Mr David M. Malone, President, International Development Research Centre-Canada, one of the funding partners, will be in Dharwad to review the project's progress.

    CIFSRF has roped in other agencies including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for the three-year project.

    CIFSRF and McGill University selected the University of Agricultural Sciences-Dharwad (UAS-D) to anchor the project and have also roped in non-Government organisations (NGOs) including the Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Dehra Dun-based Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (Hesco) in the project.
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  • KFDC plans more retail outlets; restaurant soon at Yelahanka (

    The Corporation will open integrated fish retail outlets in Davangere, Chitradurga, and Siddalingapura and Gokulam in Mysore by February.

    The Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) Ltd is planning to increase its network of retail outlets and fish restaurants.

    Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Mr Nitin Kumar, Chairman of KFDC, said that the Corporation will open integrated fish retail outlets in Davangere, Chitradurga, and Siddalingapura and Gokulam in Mysore by February.

    Added to this, a retail outlet-cum-fish restaurant will be opened at Yelahanka in Bangalore soon, he said.

    Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) of the Union Government, KFDC has already opened 12 fish retail outlets at Cubbon Park and Indira Nagar in Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur, Hassan, Shimoga, Thirthahalli, Madikeri, Sullia, Puttur, B.C. Road Town and Mangalore.

    Fish restaurants have already been opened at Cubbon Park and Indira Nagar in Bangalore, Kolar and Tumkur, he said.

    Asked about the business for its restaurant initiative, Mr V.K. Shetty, Managing Director of KFDC, said that Cubbon Park fish restaurant is doing a business of around Rs 1 lakh a day during the lunch time. Keeping the demand in mind, KFDC is opening such restaurants in other places also, he said.

    Mr Nitin Kumar said that the fish caught in coastal Karnataka are being supplied in seven refrigerated vehicles to these integrated fish outlets in various parts of the State.


    He said that KFDC is planning to establish 100-tonne capacity frozen storage and aquarium holding unit at Hebbal in Bangalore.

    Already an agreement has been signed with the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Sciences University in this regard. Work on this will be initiated soon, he said.

    Under the RKVY, the Corporation has also taken up construction of modern and hygienic fish markets in villages such as Bajpe in Dakshina Kannada district; Hejmady, Moodbelle, Varambally, Koteshwara and Hunsemakki in Udupi district; and Kodibag in Uttara Kannada district.

    Stating that KFDC is planning to set up 20 such markets, he said locations were being finalised in consultations with village panchayats in other places in coastal Karnataka.
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  • Karnataka invests Rs 5 cr for seafood processing unit under RKVY scheme

    Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC), Mangalore, has received a fund infusion of Rs 5 crore to establish an advanced marine processing centre at Hoige Bazar.

    This amount is part of the sanctioned Rs 25 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) by the state to the KFDC.

    This was informed by the Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who was in Mangalore to lay the foundation stone for the modern sea food processing plant.

    The plant will conform to the European Union standards as the state accounts for 40 per cent of the country's overall marine exports, generating revenues to the tune of over Rs 300 crore, as in 2011. The facility will be commissioned by the end of the year.

    According to H S Veerappa Gowda, director, department of fisheries, Karnataka government, the processing plant will have 500 tonnes frozen storage capacity, 10 tonnes capacity flake ice plant, trolley freezer with a 10-tonnes per day capacity, plate freezer of six tonnes capacity per day and chilled room to accommodate around 10 tonnes produce.

    Elaborating on the break-up of the Rs 5 crore assigned, the KFDC stated that Rs 1.62 crore will be spent on the construction of fish processing plant, Rs 2.82 crore will be allocated for procurement of plant and machinery including refrigeration units and Rs 56 lakh will be spent for electrical work. The work of constructing the plant has been entrusted to the lowest bidder, ETA Engineering Company, Bengaluru, for Rs 4.56 crore.

    According to the statistics, the South Kanara belt contributes around one lakh tonnes of fish catch out of the total 3.4 tonnes of the state’s marine fish production. Over 3, 500 mechanised fishing boats operate off the Karnataka coast, of which more than 50 per cent multi-day deep sea fishing boats operate at Mangalore Fishing Harbour, which is a prominent fish landing centre.

    The state has six ports: Mangalore, Malpe, Honnavar, Byndoor, Gangoli and Karwar. The government now intends to strengthen the infrastructure for fishing and has set aside Rs 135 crore to establish dedicated fishing ports at Mangalore and Malpe, besides de-silting the Karwar port, developing ports of Byndoor and Gangoli in Udupi district.

    Support infrastructure, like connecting roads in the coastal region, will be developed at a cost of Rs 5 crore which has already been allocated. In addition, it is also working to release around four lakh fish in reservoirs and lakes around the region, informed the CM.

    As part of its manpower assistance scheme attached to each sector, it will assist 2.5 lakh fishermen families and allocate a separate welfare funding during the state budget for 2012-13, the chief minister informed.
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  • * The FSS Act, 2011 seeks to integrate several food laws

    To tighten control over the food and beverages industry, mobile laboratories equipped for surveillance and inspection will soon be deployed, B.S. Ramaprasad, Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare Services, has said.

    Among the biggest challenges in implementing the new Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2011 are the lack of food safety inspectors and the poor status of public laboratories, said Mr. Ramaprasad at a seminar on the FSS Act organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce here on Thursday.

    The FSS Act, which will replace the over-50 year-old Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, seeks to integrate several food laws that govern vegetables, meat, milk and edible oil.

    No NABL accreditation

    “The State has 104 food safety inspectors when the requirement is 234. And while we have five public labs, they are not accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). We need these labs upgraded,” he said. The State will soon get a new NABL-accredited lab, set up in association with the Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project, and with funding from the World Bank.

    ‘Some resistance'

    Mr. Ramaprasad added that he had encountered resistance from a section of hoteliers in the State for registering under the new Act as they feared penalties and imprisonment that the new Act prescribes for certain violations.

    New contaminants

    In her lecture on current trends in food analysis, Lalitha R. Gowda, head of the Food Safety and Analytical Quality Control Laboratory, Central Food Technology Research Institute, Mysore, said that new contaminants now laced our food. Antibiotics and veterinary drug residues were the new additions to the list of additives, pesticides and microbiological contamination.
    Food products targeted for adulteration are generally of high commercial value, she said.

    This included the addition of corn or cane sugar in honey, artificial vanillin to natural vanilla extract or dilution of wine with water.

    Identifying adulteration

    However, there are a host of new techniques to identify adulteration, Dr. Gowda said. For instance, high performance liquid chromatography can chemically profile fruit juice to detect adulteration, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry can find out if a fruit has been artificially ripened.

    The industry must ensure consumers are empowered with complete information about the products they buy, whether about composition or nutrition, said Bejon Misra, former member of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

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  • Jaggery Park all set to reach out to farmers

    Modern method of production assures chemical-free jaggery

    making it safe for consumption:While jaggery produced in the conventional and traditional ‘aalemane' has a lot of chemical content, that produced at the Jaggery Park is devoid of chemicals and is made hygienically.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
    The Jaggery Park at the Visvesvaraya Canal (V.C.) Farm in Mandya is expected to go full steam to reach out to farmers in the manufacture of “chemical-free” jaggery.

    The park, sanctioned under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, was inaugurated last April and is the second of its kind in the State to incorporate advanced technology in jaggery production.

    While jaggery produced in the conventional and traditional ‘aalemane' has a lot of chemical content, that produced at the Jaggery Park is devoid of chemicals and is made hygienically, said K.T. Pandurange Gowda, Associate Director of Research at the V.C. Farm. Adaptation of new technologies had resulted in a 10 per cent increase in the production of jaggery for every tonne of sugarcane crushed, he told The Hindu . “We are crushing about 3 tonnes of sugarcane per day and producing about 1.5 quintal of pure, chemical-free jaggery for every tonne of sugarcane crushed,” Mr. Pandurange Gowda said.

    The new manufacturing process obviates the need for the use of hydrose which lends a rich golden hue to the product. The jaggery produced using the new method attains a golden hue naturally and is safe for consumption.

    Focus on research

    Swami Gowda, who heads the project, said the production was expected to pick up and the focus would now be on research. “The physical infrastructure for the research laboratory and demonstration facilities are in place. We are in the process of procuring the laboratory equipment,” he added.

    Research will focus on the development of low-cost technology to benefit farmers involved in jaggery production. The usual method of production is not only primitive with liberal application of hydrose, but compromises on hygiene.

    During the recent Krishi Mela, more than 8,000 farmers from Mandya and surrounding areas visited the Jaggery Park and witnessed the use of the new technology. Earlier, there had been criticism against the park for not disseminating information to farmers. Karnataka Sugarcane Cultivators' Association president Kurubur Shanthakumar had described it as “ineffectual”.

    But officials say the authorities have now evolved a methodology for the outreach programme for farmers. “We have formulated a scientific and technical training programme and the participants will be exposed to the modern methods of jaggery production,” Mr. Swami Gowda said.

    Cost factor

    The conventional cost of jaggery is Rs. 750 per quintal but this can be reduced considerably through mechanisation. Chemical-free jaggery produced under hygienic conditions is in demand and mechanised production can augment the farmers' income considerably, said Mr. Shanthakumar.

    The new manufacturing process obviates the need for the use of hydrose

    Its adaptation has resulted in 10 p.c. increase in production for every tonne of cane crushed
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  • Vishwanath Sugar plans Rs 425 cr expansion

    Vishwanath Sugar and Steel Industries Limited, the Belgaum-based integrated sugar manufacturer has planned to double its sugarcane crushing capacity to 11,000 TCD (tonnes crushed per day) at its factory in Bellad Bagewadi in the high sugar recovery zone of Belgaum.

    The company also plans to enhance the capacity of its co-generation unit to 66.40 Mw by installing new boilers and turbines at an investment of Rs 425 crore. Presently, the company operates a 5,500 TCD sugar plant with a co-gen facility to produce 36.4 Mw. The company also runs a 35 kilolitres per day (KLPD) distillery to produce ethanol, rectified spirit at its factory.

    “We have secured the approval from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for the proposed expansion and the application is now before the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) for approval,” Mukesh Kumar, Executive Director, Vishwanath Sugar and Steel Industries Limited said. The proposed expansion would be partly funded from the funds being raised from the capital market and term loans. The company has tied up with Bank of India for a term loan of Rs 70 crore, he told Business Standard.

    The company has a cane growing area of 49 villages for sourcing of sugarcane to the plant in Hukkeri taluk of Belgaum district. He said the co-generation unit presently generates up to 29 Mw, of which 7 Mw is used for captive consumption. Out of the surplus 22 Mw, 14 Mw is sold on a merchant sale basis under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Tata Power Trading Company Ltd and the balance is sold to Hubli Electricity Supply Company (HESCOM) at Rs 3.10 per unit under a long-term PPA.

    “We are also planning to increase the capacity of distillery from the present 35 KLPD to 100 KLPD as we are looking at increasing the production of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from 2,500 boxes per day to 5,000 boxes per day. We are also in the process of launching our own whisky brand in addition to rum,” Kumar said.

    Presently, the company markets its own rum under the brand “Our Choice” in select places in Karnataka and with the expansion of the distillery it is looking at expanding the market across the state and also enter the Kerala market, he said. Vishwanath Sugar has already entered into an arrangement with Bangalore-based S V Distilleries, a manufacturer of IMFL, to manufacture and sell its IMFL products in and around Bangalore.

    It also distills rectified spirit for manufacturing industrial Ethanol and supplies it for blending with motor spirit and petrol to oil marketing companies such as Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. It supplies 4,200 kilolitres of Ethanol per annum.

    For the year ended March 31, 2011, Vishwanath Sugar reported a net profit of Rs 43 crore, a growth of 2.3 times over the previous year. Its turnover grew 14.4 per cent to Rs 475 crore.

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  • Wine Board plans wine park in Bijapur

    Mahesh Kulkarni / Chennai/ Bangalore Feb 27, 2012, 00:52 IST
    Measures initiated to increase area under cultivation of wine grapes to about 5,000 acres by 2015

    In an effort to give an impetus to the production of wine and encourage wineries in the state, the Karnataka Wine Board (KWB) is planning an integrated wine park, the first of its kind in South India.The state government recently allotted 141.28 acres at Toravi village, 8 kms from Bijapur to the KWB for the proposed park. Bijapur has been selected for the wine park as the district is well known for growing seedless grapes in the Krishna V

    “The aim of developing the Wine Park is to encourage entrepreneurs to invest in wineries and provide a better market for growers in and around Bijapur district. The KWB is preparing a detailed plan for executing the Wine Park. It will have all activities like the manufacture of wine, research and development, and training among others,” Vandita Sharma, principal secretary, department of horticulture, Karnataka, told Business Standard.
    She said, the department would float tenders very soon inviting the private sector to inv-est in the proposed Wine Park. A transaction advisor is also being appointed. The proposed Wine Park will provide common facilities to the private sector like laboratory to test the quality of grapes, a centre of excellence, among others to help both farmers and entrepreneurs.

    The private sector will be invited to invest in wineries in this park and they will be offered a lot of incentives as per the wine policy of the state.

    Grape cultivation was introduced into Karnataka during the 18th century by the Nizams of Hyderabad. Today, almost 20 districts grow grapes of different varieties on over 17,500 hectares while wine variety grapes are grown on about 2,000 acres. KWB has divided the state into three valleys — Krishna, Cauvery and Nandi. The total production of grapes has cross the 300,000 tonnes mark annually. The KWB has initiated measures to increase the area under cultivation of wine grapes to about 5,000 acres by 2015, K G Suresh Chandran, managing director, KWB, said.

    “The per capita consump-tion of wine in India is estimated at 10 ml per person per year and if we want to increase it to 100 ml per person there is a need to manufacture 120 million litres annually. Presently, the wine production in India is estimated at 15 million litres. Of this, Maharashtra alone contributes 13 million litres, followed by Karnataka and other states,” Chandran said.

    He said, since the introduc-tion of the wine policy in 2007, the number of wineries in the state has risen to 14 with an annual production of about 2.5 mil-lion litres. The KWB has projec-ted wine production at 5 million litres in the next two years. Already, five more wineries are in the pipeline and more capacity addition is expected with the revised wine policy being introduced later this year, he said.

    “The idea of encourag-ing more wine production is to provide a better market for our farmers which are prese-ntly resorting to the distress sale of grapes as the shelf life of the fruit is only six days.

    So, farmers are going in for their conversion into raisins which has limited market opport-unities. It would be better for the farmers if we can encour-age them to diversify into wine production. It is good for both farmers and the wine indus-try. With this purpose in mind, we have proposed to set up a wine park in the state,” Chandran added.

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  • Karnataka Govt. declares Kaveri Valley as vine valley in India - Press Release
    Bangalore 9th February 2012: The acknowledgement by the government of the Kaveri Valley as a new appellation region in Karnataka within four years makes Alpine Wineries proud and proves that Alpine Wineries has found and developed a great potential that will create a new dimension in the art of making wine in India.

    Karnataka Wine Board also promotes Wine as a health drink. The health-promoting properties of wine have been known and enjoyed since ancient times. Scientific studies have analysed the famous French Paradox and come up with a very simple answer: the French are known for their high consumption of red wine and their high fat diet seems to be counteracted by large doses of its beneficial components: resveratrol, anti-oxidants, polyphenols etc.

    The birth of a new vineyard. Surrounded by gentle hills, endless paddy fields, unspoiled nature and the great Kaveri River, Alpine Wineries nestles between Mysore and Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. The beauty of this magical place is enhanced by the varied and astonishing wildlife that one encounters, which makes a stay at the vineyard unforgettable.

    The quality of soil is a determining factor in the successful growth of vines. Soil, subsoil and he bedrock: each component is combined here in perfect harmony. A landscape energized since ancient times by the great Kaveri River has developed
    a red sandy loam soil. Areas closer to the river contain higher clay levels whereas a higher gravel content is prevalent on the slopes.

    Advanced winemaking technologies
    Alpine Wineries has a collection of specialized equipment and technologies from many
    of the world’s top suppliers. Careful handling of the precious crop throughout the entire vinification process is our highest priority.

    Conveyor sorting belts are used to carry the grapes gently into the fermentation tanks, instead of the aggressive pumping used at many wineries. In the cellar, the best ambient temperature systems combined with state-of-the-art tank jacket, cooling and heating systems have been installed. Our advanced technology keeps the wine at the best temperature for perfect fermentation and then for maturing in subtropical conditions. The system is monitored and fully automated using advanced Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Sytems.

    The finest expertise, dedication and an excellent team - Special care was taken in the preparation of the planting of 500,000 plants imported from France and Austria in order to avoid disturbance to the soil structure as possible, thereby enabling the quality of the terroir to be fully expressed in the wine. Soil analysis and mapping were carried out in France in order to identify the best plots for each varietal. Vines are closely spaced with a density of around 2,250 plants per acre (5,558 plants per hectare) as in Europe with a view to minimizing the yield and maximizing grape quality per vine, thereby enhancing the quality of the wine.

    Four in-house weather stations on the vineyard supply very precise data which enables access to a 14-day forecast; monitors possible rains, for instance, of particular importance. This places our viticulture processes on the same level as the top vineyards in Europe.

    From February to April the grapes are harvested by hand with special care during the cool nights and brought to the winery where the berries are checked by our sorting team to remove any dried, green, immature berries and leaves, before being moved to stainless steel tanks for the fermentation process.


    Mr. Raghavendra Gowda, the visionary founder of Alpine Wineries Private Limited, in 2007 took the lead to plant the first grape vines in the beautiful Mysore-Mandya region. After a continuous learning programme and eight years of studies in Europe, he made his dream come true, with the ambition to offer you the finest and most sophisticated wines made in a Garden of Eden.

    After numerous experiments with 63 combinations of different varietals and rootstocks, twelve noble grape varieties (six red and six white) were selected and planted on an area of 100 hectares. The performance and behaviour of these vines were successfully
    studied for their adaptability to the Kaveri Valley belt.

    Mr Raghavendra Gowda´s wines reflect a holistic approach to food, geography, culture, history and simply the joy of life in sharing unique moments with those who are important to you. The winery has been designed to become a premium tourist facility with a restaurant, shop, sommelier school and other facilities. Mr. Raghavendra Gowda’s vineyard has not only teaches villagers new skills, it also provides equal job opportunities to both men and women.
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  • Bacardi Martini sets up new product development centre in Nanjangud, Mysore

    Family-controlled spirits firm Bacardi Martini is accelerating its presence in India. It has set up a new product development centre at its Nanjangud plant in Mysore, signalling its plans to create local brands.

    All of the new product development for the maker of rums, Grey Goose vodka and Dewar's Scotch was earlier done in the US. The centre in India will now serve all of South Asia.

    "The growing importance of India in the region and keeping the consumer at the heart of all our innovation, it was felt that we would be able to do it with a centre in India," Mahesh Madhavan, Bacardi's president & CEO-South Asia, says.

    Several multinational spirits firms have been rolling our local whiskies to straddle a larger market as imported spirits carry high tariffs in India. The maker of Royal Stag, Blender's Pride and Imperial Blue whiskies, Pernod Record was the first to bet on this strategy. Last year, Diageo Plc too launched Rowson's Reserve whisky in India.

    Bermuda-headquartered Bacardi counts India among its fastest-growing markets. It entered India in 1998 through a joint venture with Mysore-based Gemini Distilleries, which owned 26% stake in the business. In 2009, it acquired this local partner.

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  • Cheers! Karnataka to brew more wine for global markets (

    Bangalore: As India's second largest producer of grapes after Maharashtra, Karnataka is pulling out all the stops to become a preferred destination for setting up wineries to export a variety of wines to global markets. "Though laggards in seizing the opportunity earlier, we are making up for the lost time by aggressively promoting grape cultivation and setting up wineries to cash in on the steady growing consumption of wine the world over," Karnataka Wine Board Managing Director K.G. Suresh Chandran told IANS here.
    With congenial agro-climatic conditions across the state, the government has been luring even traditional farmers growing fruit variety of grapes to switch over to cultivate wine variety for reaping more returns as evident from those who made the transition over the last five years.
    "Enterprising farmers are making best use of the emerging opportunities in growing wine grapes. With proactive policies and incentives, we have been persuading farmers to grow wine grapes and entrepreneurs to set up processing units across the state facilitating technology tie-ups with foreign wine makers," Chandran said ahead of the first three-day International Wine Festival (IWF 2012) in the city from Friday.

    Ever since the state came out with a special grape processing and wine policy in 2007, cultivation of wine grapes has expanded to 17,356 hectares in 20 districts in 2010-11 from a mere 300 hectares in eight districts in 2000-01. Similarly, annual production has shot up to 318,000 metric tonnes and brewing of wines to 1.2 million litres in 2010-11 from 300,000 litres in 2006-07.
    "In terms of acreage and production, we are second only to Maharashtra in the country though we have a long way to go to catch up with the neighbouring state, which accounts for about 80 percent of the production, with cultivation in 82,000 hectares and 440,000 tonnes of production," Chandran pointed out.
    Asserting that wine has found universal acceptance and is consumed the world over, Chandran said the world per capita consumption had increased by 10-12 percent annually in the past decade and was poised to grow to 15 percent by 2015.
    "Our efforts over the last five years are showing results as evident from the setting up of a dozen wineries and about 180 wine taverns across the state. With backend infrastructure in place, our attention is on promoting the state as another destination in the country for setting up more processing units to make world class wines for export markets," Chandran observed.
    To consolidate the state's position nationally and globally, the Wine Board has chalked out ambitious plans to showcase the potential of the state's agro-based grapes and wine industry and create awareness about the wine variety of the fruit among farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers.
    "About a dozen international wineries from France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand have evinced interest in sourcing grapes from the state for brewing a variety of wines in their respective units as the quality and cost of our grapes are competitive with that of other states," he said.
    As the premier and oldest winery in the state, Grover vineyards has taken the lead to enter the export market while the new wineries have started making high quality wines for overseas buyers.
    Grape cultivation in the state dates back to the 18th century with the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad introducing the fruity variety in the northern districts such as Bidar, Bijapur, Bagalkote, Belgaum and Gulbarga.
    Christian missionaries brought them to the southern districts in the 19th century, thanks to the favourable climate.
    "As even wine grapes are grown once in a year, hundreds of farmers are responding to our initiatives to grow them as a cash crop in place of the fruity variety, which are perishable and face regional competition from their counterparts in other states," Chandran added.
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  • Alpine Wineries plans to expand footprint

    The company has set up an 800,000 litre capacity winery in Mysore

    Alpine Wineries Private Ltd, a unit of Rs 600 crore SPR Group of Bangalore, which has interests in liquor manufacturing and retail, real estate, hospitality and granite businesses, has forayed into wine market with three wine labels.

    “We have registered three labels with the excise department of Karnataka and launched in the state this year. Over a period of next three years we will expand our business across 18 states in the country,” T Raghavendra Gowda, managing director, Alpine Wineries Private Ltd said. The company plans to sell 1,000 bottles a day across three labels - Vindiva Reserve, Vindiva Classic and ORO - through shopping malls like Spar, Total, Spencer, Metro and MSIL outlets as well as its own wine taverns across the state. Besides all these, it is also planning to sell at leading restaurants and star hotels. To begin with the company plans to set up 25 wine taverns in Bangalore city and later retail through its own wine boutiques, he said. Alpine grows its own grapes (both red and white) on a 250-acre plot in Talakadu.

    The company has set up a new winery with an installed capacity of 800,000 litres per annum at an investment of Rs 125 crore at Talakadu in Mysore district. The capacity is expandable up to 4.5 million litres in the second phase. The company has finalised six varieties of white wine and six varieties of red wine. “We have a family property of 1,250 acres which was lying idle for many years. We have now converted 250 acres for grape cultivation. Going forward we will add another 250 acres in the next two years once we launch our labels in other states,” Gowda told Business Standard. During the next three years, the company plans to launch its labels in Delhi, Maharashtra, Puduchery, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh among other states. The company also plans to export its labels to France, UK, West Asia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
    “We have some enquiries from France and UK through our French consultant. We have also been invited by France to showcase our wines at an international festival. We are looking for distributors in these countries and export our wines gradually,” Gowda added.

    The company, which has just launched its wines in Karnataka market, is aiming at sales revenue of Rs 15-20 crore in the first year and double it next year.

    Alpine Wineries is showcasing its wines at the International Wine Festival 2012 in Bangalore organised by the Karnataka Wine Board from March 2 to 4.

    Keep brewing it! Mysore :drunk:
    - engineer.akash, in 11 years
  • DRDO, BASIX, FICCI launch Aahar project to serve ready-to-eat roti, dal

    Thursday, March 01, 2012 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BASIX, a social enterprise group, and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), have collaborated to launch Aahar - a pilot project comprising a range of ready-to-eat products. The project was launched in New Delhi on Tuesday by planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

    The collaboration focusses on food technologies developed by the Mysore-based Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), part of DRDO. The objective of the project is to build women-oriented enterprises using food technologies of DFRL.

    Aahar is the first pilot project that covers a set of technologies and products including ready-to-eat roti, and two variants in dal which are instant palak dal and masala channa curry mix. While a pack of two rotis is priced at Rs 15, a packet of dal will cost Rs 20.

    Aahar is a hygienic, nutritious and convenient meal that tastes fresh with longer shelf life, and is quick to serve. While the roti has a shelf life of 15 days, the two variants of dal have a shelf life of 12 months under ambient conditions, according to Dr A S Bawa, director, DFRL.

    Rotis are highly perishable and spoil within 24-36 hours depending upon storage conditions due to microbial spoilage. With DFRL technology, the shelf life has been extended to over 12 months to help retain nutrition and taste. For the instant dal and chana mix, cold shock dehydration technology has been patented by DFRL to make a variety of tasty convenience mixes which can be reconstituted within 6-8 minutes. “The products are suitable for long journeys, nutritional feeding, catering programmes and other similar civilian applications,” he added.

    The pilot stage of the project commenced with women’s groups identified by BASIX. Women will be extensively trained to set up high quality and viable production units to make a variety of ready-to-eat and instant foods. Further, under this phase, the products will be tested to establish the technical viability, commercial scalability and consumer acceptance. Post the pilot phase is intended to scale-up the project and reach out to set up multiple production units catering to the needs of varied market segments and tap commercial opportunities. The test market for Aahar has just been concluded in Delhi and Bangalore.

    “The initiative will go a long way in providing support to the economically backward communities as it will cushion them in large measure from food inflation that has been raging for some time now. It will also become a key instrument in meeting the challenge of providing our teeming millions with cheap, hygienic and nutritious food,” states Dr Rajiv Kumar, secretary-general, FICCI.

    “We are using DFRL research to enhance food security for the masses by bringing this product to the market,” said Vijay Mahajan, MD, BASIX Group.

    On a concluding note, Dr Saraswat, scientific advisor to raksha mantri and secretary, defence R&D, pointed out, “Through BASIX, the benefits of innovative food products could help generate employment at the bottom of the pyramid across the country.”
    - engineer.akash, in 11 years
  • Karnataka to brew more wines for global markets (

    Bangalore: As India's second largest producer of grapes after Maharashtra, Karnataka is pulling out all the stops to become a preferred destination for setting up wineries to export a variety of wines to global markets.
    "Though laggards in seizing the opportunity earlier, we are making up for the lost time by aggressively promoting grape cultivation and setting up wineries to cash in on the steady growing consumption of wine the world over," Karnataka Wine Board Managing Director KG Suresh Chandran said.
    With congenial agro-climatic conditions across the state, the government has been luring even traditional farmers growing fruit variety of grapes to switch over to cultivate wine variety for reaping more returns as evident from those who made the transition over the last five years.

    "Enterprising farmers are making best use of the emerging opportunities in growing wine grapes. With proactive policies and incentives, we have been persuading farmers to grow wine grapes and entrepreneurs to set up processing units across the state facilitating technology tie-ups with foreign wine makers," Chandran said ahead of the first three-day International Wine Festival (IWF 2012) in the city from Friday.
    Ever since the state came out with a special grape processing and wine policy in 2007, cultivation of wine grapes has expanded to 17,356 hectares in 20 districts in 2010-11 from a mere 300 hectares in eight districts in 2000-01.
    Similarly, annual production has shot up to 318,000 metric tonnes and brewing of wines to 1.2 million litres in 2010-11 from 300,000 litres in 2006-07.
    "In terms of acreage and production, we are second only to Maharashtra in the country though we have a long way to go to catch up with the neighbouring state, which accounts for about 80 per cent of the production, with cultivation in 82,000 hectares and 440,000 tonnes of production," Chandran pointed out.
    Asserting that wine has found universal acceptance and is consumed the world over, Chandran said the world per capita consumption had increased by 10-12 per cent annually in the past decade and was poised to grow to 15 per cent by 2015.
    "Our efforts over the last five years are showing results as evident from the setting up of a dozen wineries and about 180 wine taverns across the state. With backend infrastructure in place, our attention is on promoting the state as another destination in the country for setting up more processing units to make world class wines for export markets," Chandran observed.
    To consolidate the state's position nationally and globally, the Wine Board has chalked out ambitious plans to showcase the potential of the state's agro-based grapes and wine industry and create awareness about the wine variety of the fruit among farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers.
    "About a dozen international wineries from France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand have evinced interest in sourcing grapes from the state for brewing a variety of wines in their respective units as the quality and cost of our grapes are competitive with that of other states," he said.
    As the premier and oldest winery in the state, Grover vineyards has taken the lead to enter the export market while the new wineries have started making high quality wines for overseas buyers.
    Grape cultivation in the state dates back to the 18th century with the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad introducing the fruity variety in the northern districts such as Bidar, Bijapur, Bagalkote, Belgaum and Gulbarga.
    Christian missionaries brought them to the southern districts in the 19th century, thanks to the favourable climate.
    "As even wine grapes are grown once in a year, hundreds of farmers are responding to our initiatives to grow them as a cash crop in place of the fruity variety, which are perishable and face regional competition from their counterparts in other states," Chandran added.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • MOU for Ten Wineries in Karnataka

    Mar 03 : The Karnataka Wine Board (KWB) on Friday reportedly signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with 10 companies to set up new wineries in the state. The KWB would give subsidy ranging from Rs 4.5 to 5 million for Greenfield winery projects as was announced in the Karnataka Grape Processing and Wine Policy in 2007.

    The MoUs were signed at the inauguration of the three-day wine International Wine Festival (IWF) being held in Bangalore from 2-4 March, ostensibly to highlight the efforts of KWB since the progressive Karnataka Wine Policy was announced in 2007, albeit a few years later than desirable. As anticipated, the initial response to the Policy was slow but the idea seems to be picking up momentum now, especially as the recent recession has been weathered well.

    According to a report in Business Standard, the wineries that have entered into MoU are 1. Nisarga Wines Pvt Ltd, 2. Indira Ambience Pvt Ltd, 3 Rico Wineries, 4 Krishna Valley Wines, 5 Heritage Wines, 6 Elite Wineries, 7 Krishnamriga vineyard, 8 Dada Winery, 9 Nandi Valley Winery and 10 Alpine Wineries Pvt Ltd which is the most important addition to the Karnataka wine industry and has already brought out its first vintage this year under technical guidance of the French flying winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt.

    (For an earlier related article, visit

    The Bangalore International Wine Fest (IWF- 2012 ) is being organised at the Palace Ground by the Karnataka Wine Board and has been co-sponsored by Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation Ltd. (KAPPEC), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), National Horticulture Board and Karnataka State Beverages Corporation Limited (KSBC). Around 50 wineries including 10 international wineries are expected to participate in the 3-day Fest being held from March 2-4. About 20,000 visitors are expected to pay Rs.300 entry charges to visit the fair, according to the organisers.

    In a significant development Umesh Katti, Karnataka Minister for Agriculture , urged the chief minister to remove the wine industry from the control of excise department. This is one of the major procedural blocks hindering the growth of wine industry in India and the State could really leapfrog with the co-operation of the state government. As he said in his speech, ‘by removing controls wine industry can be promoted and will encourage farmers to grow more wine variety grapes.’

    Karnataka is practically the only other producer of wine grapes in the country after Maharashtra although a few other states like Andhra Pradesh do grow eating grapes- India is the 9th largest producer of grapes, according to a report by OIV and as reported earlier by delWine in June last year. The state horticulture department and wine board have reportedly initiated steps to increase the area under wine grape cultivation to 5,000 acres (over 2000 hA) by 2015. Simultaneously, the state aims to double wine production from the present 2.5 million liters, according to the report. Currently, this is the total area under vine in India, after almost 40% of ripping of vines in Maharashtra during the last couple of years due to non lifting of grapes by several wineries feeling the crunch of recession.

    Interestingly, while the Karnataka Wine Board is trying hard to take full credit for organizing the first wine festival to promote wines as also emphasized by Vandita Sharma, (IAS), principal secretary, horticulture, the festival has already been held twice during the last couple of years by private organisers under the aegis of the Karnataka Wine Board which had confirmed to delWine on both occasions that it was supporting the event. Details of the previous event may be checked out at

    According to Mr Suresh Chandra, Managing Director of the Karnataka Wine Board, besides the Indian wineries-old and new, wines from countries like the USA, Canada, France and new Zealand will also be available for tasting. An interesting aspect is that the Festival is open from11 am till 9:30 pm at night, giving people in all walks of life an opportunity to taste wines. It will certainly enhance wine awareness and culture in the state- there are lessons to be learnt for local governments like Delhi, who ought to visit the festival and give a report for perusal and action in Delhi too.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Fish-buyers in Mangalore throng to retail outlets

    Mangaloreans' fish eating habits may not have changed, but their buying habits certainly have.

    Mr Pradeep D'Souza, who used to buy from street vendors, now frequents neighbourhood retail outlets for fish. The quality and variety of fish, ready-to-cook formats, and ease of shopping are the key reasons.

    Mr D'Souza says a street vendor wouldn't mind giving extra fish to regular customers. In retail outlets, the consumer gets variety rarely available with the street vendor. They are also more hygienic compared to local fish markets or the street vendor, he says.

    The Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation's (KFDC) outlet, which opened in 2009, , sells around 200-300 kg of fish a day, says Mr V.K. Shetty, its Managing Director. Apart from locally sourced fish, it also sells fish from other locations.

    Value-added fish products are another attraction , he says. KFDC has 12 outlets in various parts of the State.

    Mr Lalit Rai, owner of Fish Bazaar (a privately-owned outlet in Mangalore), says rare varieties, exported from India, were available in Dubai. But he couldn't find them in Mangalore when he decided to settle here two years ago. The reason: Some varieties were only meant for exports.

    Sensing the potential, he set up Fish Bazaar, which sells around 100 kg of export quality fish a week. Customers are willing to pay extra for quality and variety, he says.

    Three other fish retailers have set up shop in the city limits.

    Mr Yashpal D., who stays in the city suburbs, says he prefers the street vendor as there are no retail outlets in his vicinity. It would be better if private entrepreneurs focus on city outskirts too, he says.

    Mr Rai feels modern lifestyles are driving the growth of retail outlets. He offers fish in whole and ready-to-cook clean-and-cut format. There is good demand for the latter as most customers from nuclear families with working spouses prefer it.

    He also offers door delivery service to his regular customers.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Technology to produce biodiesel from fish waste tested

    Sirsi: Three students of the Karwar Marine Biology Post Graduation Centre here have developed a technology by which bio-diesel can be produced from fish waste.

    The bio-diesel produced by them was put to test by energising a water pump at its Centre here today.

    Karnataka University Vice Chancellor Prof V B Walikar switched on the water pump.

    Karnataka bio fuel board has granted Rs.60 lakh for research and training to the Karwar Marine Biology PG centre.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Ice-cream plant

    Hangyo Ice-creams Pvt. Ltd., a flagship company of Srikrishna Group, has set up its second ice-cream plant in the State at Kirawatti near Yellapur of Uttara Kannada district. It will be inaugurated on Friday.

    Managing director of the group, Hanumanth Pai, told presspersons here on Thursday that the new plant had a capacity to manufacture of 25,000 litres of ice-cream a day and would help the company expand its business to Pune and Hyderabad.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Hangyo opens second plant

    Hangyo Ice-creams Pvt. Ltd. has opened its second plant at Kirwatti, Yellapur taluk in Uttara Kannada. It produces 15,000 litres of ice-cream a day. It helps the company to market products in Maharashtra and Hyderabad. Its first plant is at Heroor in Udupi. The company has 3,400 outlets, including Goa and Karnataka. It manufactures 34 varieties of ice-creams, said the managing director Pradeep G. Pai in a release.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • CAMPCO's ‘Milk and Milk' chocolate to hit market in July

    With the launch of ‘Milk and Milk' brand, CAMPCO will have a bigger bouquet.

    After releasing new chocolates a month ago, the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) is gearing up to release another chocolate in three months.

    CAMPCO will release its “Milk and Milk” white chocolate to the market in July, the cooperative's General Manager Suresh Bhandary told The Hindu .

    It would be the 24{+t}{+h}cocoa-based product manufactured by CAMPCO at its chocolate factory in Puttur in Dakshina Kannada, he said.

    It will have natural ingredients and no artificially added colour or essence. It will be available in natural vanilla flavour. Milk solids (powder) and cocoa butter (fat) would be the main ingredients, he said.

    Mr. Bhandary said that the 35g bar would cost Rs. 20. It would be the premium chocolate.

    He said that the cooperative released “Rich Milk”, another premium chocolate, to the Karnataka market a month ago.

    The main ingredients are cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and milk solid. The 40g bar of “rich milk” is Rs. 20.

    Mr. Bhandary said that cocoa solids meant powder derived from dry cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is fat extracted from dry cocoa beans. He said that cocoa butter (fat) melted at body temperature when a chocolate was eaten. He said that there was good response from consumers to the “rich milk” varieties. It is fast moving in the A-class outlets in the State.

    The cooperative did not release it in other States as it wanted to assess the response from consumers within the State. As the response is encouraging, it will be released to the nationwide market shortly.

    He said the price of dry cocoa beans in the domestic market is between Rs. 150 and Rs. 155 a kg. CAMPCO procured wet beans from farmers at Rs. 40 to Rs. 43 a kg. The price of wet beans remained the same during this season last year.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • 2 fish restaurants soon to please Mysore palate

    MYSORE: Foodies, especially fish lovers in Mysore, soon can tickle their taste buds with exotic dishes. The Fisheries Development Corporation has plans to set up two exclusive fish restaurants, one in Gokulam and another at Sidlingapura.

    Managing director of the corporation V K Shetty told TOI that the outlets will be set up in Sidlingapura and Gokulam at the cost of Rs 40 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, respectively, in a month. Sidlingapura outlet will be bigger than Gokulam outlet and it will have cold storage facilities, high-end machineries and an aquarium centre. Byproducts of fishes like masala powder, pickles made of sea fish and dry fish will be catered to consumers. All types of fish will be made available at these outlets, he said.

    V K Shetty claimed that the prices will be moderate."Our objective is to provide nutritious food through variety of fish to people. The corporation is also contemplating extending its base to central Karnataka districts like Davangere and Chitradurga. Transportation is the main concern for us if we want to extend our base to other north Karnataka districts," Shetty said.At present, the corporation has outlets in Malpe, Gangolly, Bhatkal, Honnavar, Tadri, Mangalore and Karwar. Recently, they opened Mathsyadarshini restaurant near Cubbon Park in Bangalore.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Karnataka earmarks Rs 215 crore for fisheries development

    The Karnataka Budget for 2012-13 has earmarked Rs 215 crore for the fisheries sector in the State.

    This includes funds for construction of houses for fishermen, to increase fishling production, and for the second stage work on a fisheries harbour in Udupi district.

    Presenting the Budget on Wednesday, Mr D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Karnataka Chief Minister, said that Rs 24 crore will be provided for construction of 4,000 houses during 2012-13 for fishermen without houses.

    As there is demand for diesel used by mechanised fishing boats, the quantity of tax-free diesel will be increased to 1.25 lakh kilo litres during 2012-13. This figure was 1 lakh kilo litres in the 2011-12 Budget. However, it was increased by 15,000 kilo litres during the year, taking the total to 1.15 lakh kilo litres during 2011-12.

    Stating that there is demand for fishlings in the State, he said Rs 10 crore will be provided for upgrading fish production centres.

    Of the 80 crore demand for fishlings in the State, only 40 crore is being produced now. There was an increase of 35 per cent in fishling production during 2011-12.

    Mr Gowda said Rs 26 crore will be provided for the second stage of the Hejmadi Kodi harbour in Udupi district during 2012-13. This requires a total investment of Rs 60 crore.

    He said Rs 4.5 crore will be provided for supply of life jackets costing Rs 1,500 each to 30,000 fishermen. Insulated boxes costing Rs 4,000 each will be supplied to 6,000 fisherwomen in the state, he said.

    Mr Gowda said an oceanarium of international standards will be constructed at KRS Brindavana and at Pilikula in Mangalore under public-private partnership.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

    Karnataka government has allocated Rs 19,660 crore for agriculture and allied activities in its Budget for 2012-13.

    The government announced that the rate of interest on short-term crop loan of up to Rs 1lakh would be reduced to zero.

    Presenting the separate Agriculture Budget 2012-13 in the Legislative Assembly, chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda said that the rate of interest on short-term loan up to Rs 3 lakh raised through cooperative institutions was reduced to one per cent during 2011-12.

    "From 2012-13, the rate of interest will be reduced to zero per cent for short-term crop loan up to Rs 1 lakh," informed the state CM, who also holds the finance portfolio, during the Budget presentation this morning.

    With 75 per cent of state farmers being small and marginal, and since it is difficult for them to conduct timely agricultural operations because of high cost of farm equipment and scarcity of agricultural labour, he said that the agriculture department proposes to establish hire-service centres for the farmers to hire tractor and other high-tech implements on rental basis.

    Gowda also said that with the help of Israeli technology, it has been proposed to establish high technology expert centres for vegetable crop development in Belgaum, pomegranate in Bagalkot and mango development in Kolar districts.

    He also announced that a tur technology park in Gulbarga district, maize technology park in Ranebennur, and coconut technology park including coconut products research and development unit in Tumkur district's Tiptur taluka would be established.

    "This Agriculture Budget contains thinking on new dimensions for integrated development of farmers and other families engaged in agriculture and allied activities in our state," the chief minister added.

    Highlights of the Budget included allocation of Rs 10,500 crore for irrigation; Rs 2,921 crore for agriculture; Rs 301 crore to tackle drought; and Rs 1,000 crore allotted to procure fertilisers.

    For the state government, agriculture, fishery, and animal husbandry are priority areas. For this, the farmers would get loans at minimal interest rates. There would be 50% rebate on farm equipment, Rs 200 crore were set aside for organic farming, and animal husbandry received Rs 1,206 crore.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 12 years
  • 20 fish markets to come up in costal Karnataka

    The Karnataka Coastal Area Development Authority is planning to set up 20 fish markets in the next fiscal.

    Speaking at a function to disburse loans to fisherwomen at three per cent interest rate, Mr B. Nagaraja Shetty, Chairman of the authority, said steps have been taken to construct 10 fish markets in coastal Karnataka during the current financial year.

    The construction of these markets is being taken up with financial assistance from National Fisheries Development Board. Another 20 fish markets will be constructed during the next financial year, he said.

    Stating that there are around 800 fish markets along coastal Karnataka, he said the authority is thinking of improving them all. The region has around 3.5 lakh families of fishermen.

    Thanking Corporation Bank for extending loans to fisherwomen at three per cent interest rate, he urged the borrowers to adhere to prompt repayment culture. This will help them grow further. He said the bank has already been extending loans to fishermen for improving fisheries activity, including loans for mechanised fishing boats, fishing nets and various other needs.

    Mr Shetty said the Karnataka Budget for 2012-13 has proposed to increase the supply of tax-free diesel to fishermen from 1.15 lakh kilo litres in 2011-12 to 1.25 lakh kilo litres during 2012-13.

    Mr Ajai Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, launched the scheme to extend loans to fisherwomen at three per cent interest rate on the occasion.

    Mr Nitin Kumar, Chairman of the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd, said the Karnataka Budget has allocated Rs 215 crore for the development of fisheries sector during 2012-13.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Karnataka to set up integrated rice technology park at Koppal

    Karnataka is setting up an integrated rice technology park at Koppal to boost paddy processing and production in the State.

    The park is being set up at Karatagi in Koppal district on 471 acres of land. The park will have exclusive zones for modern rice mills; value added by-products, common facilities, warehousing, packing, quality control lab knowledge resource centre and transport.

    It is expected to serve as a main marketing point for both farmers and traders from Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts where paddy is largely cultivated.

    “Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts have around 200 rice mills operational. Due to lack of necessary infrastructure, a huge quantity of paddy is being transported to Tamil Nadu for processing,” said a study conducted by the Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation (Kappec).

    “The rice park when completed in two yeas will address this key issue and allow farmers and traders market their produce at a single point and also help improve paddy processing at the existing rice mills in the region,” it added.

    The park is being set up according to the recommendations of a committee headed by thw former Vice-Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Dr P.G. Chengappa. The committee had recommended to the Government to set up integrated parks for value creation, which in turn would also give a boost to production and offer employment. The Chief Minister, Mr D. V. Sadananda Gowda, told State Assembly on Wednesday that land acquisition process had begun and so far 90 acres have been acquired. The process for acquisition 140 acres is also nearing completion.

    “Though 330.17 acre of Government land is available, 121 acre of land has already been sanctioned for other needs and efforts are on to acquire these lands also,” he added.

    The Chief Minister also said the Government plans to release Rs 5 crore grants for the park in the current fiscal.

    To speed up land acquisition, Mr Gowda said a sub-divisional officer and land acquisition officer in Koppal have been authorised to release Rs 59.44 lakh for acquisition of 140.27 acres of land at Navali and Somanala villages for the park.
    - s.yogendra, in 12 years
  • Hubli, March 28 2012, DHNS;

    UAS organises growers to sell quality fruits

    The University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, is planning to market the superior quality mangoes grown under it on 10,000 to 15,000 hectares in Haveri, Hangal, Sirsi, Khanapur, Kalaghatagi, Alnavar and Dharwad, under the brand ‘Suphala’ - on the lines of the Nandini milk brand.

    The move is aimed at popularising the 99 per cent ‘Alphonso’ mangoes grown in the region in the national and international markets, besides providing good prices to the growers and quality fruits to the local consumers. The agro business, marketing and export information centre of the varsity is launching the brand.

    ‘Suphala’ is the brainchild of a team of experts comprising Dr Mamale Desai, Dr S B Hosamani, Dr Savanurmath of the marketing division of the university and retired forest officer S B Sadani. The mango growers are being organised under the brand.

    Last year, the mango was sold at Rs 22,000 per tonne, while the ‘Suphala’ brand of mangoes was sold to a Mumbai-based organisation for Rs 36,000 a tonne on an experimental basis. Experts believe that the prices may go up this year due to a drop in production as a result of the vagaries of nature.

    The university is organising seminars (by experts) and screening documentaries so as to train the growers on various aspects. The growers are being trained on the proper plucking methods, to pack fruits of similar shape together, ripen the mangoes without the use of chemicals, taking care so that mizzle does not fall on the fruits growing on the trees, sorting the mangoes of different grades, preparing various mango products, preventing diseases that affect the crop and means to preserve the fruits for a long time.

    To popularise the export quality mangoes locally, the ‘Suphala’ brand would be sold for Rs 100 less than the market price for a two-kg box. The ‘Suphala’ mangoes would be made available on an experimental basis from next year in the outlets of the horticulture department in Hubli-Dharwad. Dr S B Hosamani said they were in talks with the department in this regard.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 12 years
  • Banks to provide Rs 218 cr for agro, food processing sector in Dharwad

    The farming sector has received an 18 per cent increase in total outlay for Dharwad district.

    The district's credit outlay is Rs 2,270.60 crore for the year 2012-13. According to the credit plan prepared by Nabard under non-farm sector for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) covering agro and food processing activity, Rs 217.97 crore has been made for the sector envisaging an increase of 46 per cent.

    A total of Rs 889.32 crore has been set aside for agriculture which forms 48 per cent of the total outlay of the priority sector advances. The outlay for agriculture is 12 per cent more than the previous year's projection of Rs 796.35 crore.

    The allocation of crop loans under agriculture has been increased to Rs 700.71 crore, against the previous year's plan of Rs 599.65 crore, which marks an increase of 17 per cent.

    Under the credit plan, Rs 12.47 crore has been set aside for minor irrigation by increasing the projection by 74 per cent compared to the previous year (Rs 7.17 crore).

    For land development Rs 19.11 crore has been set aside against Rs 15.51 crore earmarked during the previous year. However, the outlay for farm mechanisation has been brought down from Rs 87.86 crore to Rs 65 crore this year.

    An allocation of Rs 11.16 crore has made for the plantation and horticulture. For creation of assets for miscellaneous agricultural activities not covered under any other category, the credit plan has earmarked Rs 21.95 crore against the previous year's allocation of Rs 10.84 crore.

    Under the allied agricultural activities, Rs 21.04 crore has been set aside for dairy activity; Rs 3.80 crore for poultry; Rs 2.25 crore for sheep and goat rearing; Rs. 1.77 crore for forestry; Rs 1.26 crores for fisheries; and Rs 128.81 crore for storage and market yard development.

    Rs 1,840.87 crore has been earmarked for priority sector advances, which is 22 per cent more than the previous year. Other sectors have been given Rs 429.19 crore.
    - engineer.akash, in 12 years
  • Mysore varsity offers PG diploma in food quality and safety

    Mysore, April 10, 2012, DHNS:
    The University of Mysore will offer a postgraduate diploma in food quality and safety from the coming academic year.

    The department has been granted Rs 58.5 lakh under the Univesity Grants Commission’s innovative programme for teaching and research in inter-disciplinary and emerging areas.

    The student intake for the course is 20 for the first academic year.

    Ten seats are reserved for the students of the University of Mysore and the rest for those from other universities and also foreign national students.

    The course structure is two semesters of four months each.

    The first semester is for course work and second for dissertation.

    Details can be had from Prof V Ravishankar Rai, Department of Studies in Microbiology, University of Mysore, at email:, or call 0821-2419441.
    - engineer.akash, in 13 years
  • Hybrid paddy among six new crop varieties to be released by UAS-B

    The University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore is all set to release six new crop varieties, including a hybrid variety of paddy and blast-resistant variety of ragi in the next six months.

    Announcing this at a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday, UAS-B Vice-Chancellor K. Narayana Gowda said the varieties had been developed after several years of research and field trials. Now, clearance had been obtained for releasing these varieties for commercial cultivation in the State.

    Researchers interested

    Dr. Gowda said the new paddy variety, KRH-4, had already evoked curiosity among researchers in different parts of the country.

    Explaining the features of the new varieties, UAS-B Research Director H. Shivanna said KRH-4 paddy would yield 7.8 tonnes a hectare which was 12 per cent higher than the earlier variety of KRH-2. This variety has been recommended for growing in irrigated areas of old Mysore.


    The KMR-204 variety of ragi, to be released shortly, is blast-resistant and brick red in colour, he said.

    Sesame GT-1 variety is known for its high oil-yielding potential that can go up to 54 per cent.

    Another proposed variety is pigeon pea (BRG-10-2) that is suitable for late planting, especially in the cases of delayed monsoon.

    Other varieties

    The other two proposed varieties are vegetable cowpea AV-5 and Fodder Oats OS-6. The Fodder Oats, recommended for cultivation in irrigated areas, has high crude protein content.

    Karnataka number one in food production..

    Sugarcane number three,cereals number one,Fresh veggies,Karnataka number two in coconut production,Rubber, coffee,wine number two etc..
    - engineer.akash, in 13 years
  • The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) is growing fast and has been rated as the standard brand in the international market. Moreover, according to the latest survey, KMF stands second in milk procurement, claimed chairman of Karnataka Milk Federation Somshekhar Reddy.

    Speaking after performing the ground-breaking ceremony for a godown at the Dharwad Milk Union near Dharwad on Sunday, Reddy said, “Two decades ago the KMF used to procure 2 million litres of milk per day and at present it procures 4.5 million litres. All efforts are being made to increase the milk procurement to 10 million litres in the next two years, he added.
    This fiscal, the overall growth of the milk federation across the country is 6 per cent, whereas the KMF recorded a growth of 30 per cent.

    The Union Government has taken note of KMF’s steep hike in milk procurement and has called for a high-level meeting in New Delhi to discuss the innovative measures implemented by the federation to enhance milk procurement, Reddy added.

    Reddy said, the Centre is mooting a National Diary Plan by 2020 and Karnataka would be the first state where this project would be launched as a pilot.

    The plan aims to set up at least one milk union in every village and empower farmers to sell milk. Compared to milk federations in other states, KMF gives the highest subsidy to milk producers, he said. The KMF, last fiscal, saw a profit of Rs 88 crore which is an all-time high.

    Speaking on the future plans, Reddy said, the KMF has allocated Rs 9.40 crore to the Dharwad Milk Federation to improve infrastructure and enhance milk procurement. This year more grants will be allotted to the milk unions in north Karnataka.

    Apart from this, the KMF will release funds to the tune of Rs 2 lakh each to 250 milk unions to have a permanent building.

    A delegation would be taken to Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to regularise the jobs of temporary workers at the Bellary cattle fodder unit.
    - engineer.akash, in 13 years
  • M.P. milk parlours to sell Campco chocolates (

    The Mangalore-based Campco Ltd will sell its chocolates in Madhya Pradesh’s milk booths soon.

    Addressing presspersons here, Mr K. Padmanabha, President of the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd, said the Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Dairy Federation has agreed to sell Campco Ltd’s chocolate products at its milk booths.

    An agreement to this effect would be signed in the presence of the Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers.

    Mr Subhash Mandge, President of the federation, said Campco’s chocolates would be marketed in the milk parlours of the federation in Madhya Pradesh to boost cooperation between cooperatives, he said.

    Mr Padmanabha said efforts were being made to extend such arrangements with the milk federations of Bihar and Rajasthan also.

    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
  • NDP to start in state as pilot project

    DHARWAD: Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) Chairman Somshekar Reddy disclosed that Karnataka will be the first state in the country where the National Dairy Plan (NDP), would be launched as a pilot project.
    After performing bhoomi pooja for a godown on the premises of KMF at Rayapur on the outskirts of Dharwad on Sunday, he said that as per NDP, at least one milk union will be set up in every village to empower farmers.
    He announced that KMF has been rated a standard brand in the international market and stands second as far as procurement of milk is concerned.
    Reddy also released 100 gram packets of KMF mysorepak and pedha on the occasion.
    He informed that the milk procurement has increased from 20 lakh litres to 45 lakh litres per day and that all efforts were being made to enhance the procurement to 100 lakh litres per day in the next two years.
    Reddy pointed out that last fiscal, KMF achieved a profit of `88 crore, which is an all-time high.
    He said: “KMF recorded an overall growth of 30 per cent this fiscal, whereas the overall growth of milk federations across the country was just six per cent”.
    KMF to Donate `5 cr
    Reddy announced that in view of severe drought in North Karnataka, KMF has decided to donate `5 crore to the state government for purchasing fodder.
    He noted that `4.5 crore is spent on the construction of the new godown at Rayapur, which aims to procure fodder from Maharashtra and supply it to milk producers in Hassan, Gubbi and other places.
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
  • KFDC opens Matsya Darshini in Madikeri (

    Madikeri, April 21, 2012, DHNS:
    Connoisseurs of fish food in Madikeri have something to cheer about with the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) opening its Matsya Darshini, a restaurant on Kohinoor road recently.

    The KFDC had opened its restaurant in Bangalore and Tumkur. Now it is opened in Kodagu. The corporation will open its restaurants in Mangalore and Mysore in the future, said KFDC official Shankarappa Shetty.

    The outlet of the corporation already sells fresh fish. The restaurant has a centralised kitchen having a variety of fish delicacies. Owing to shortage of space, seating arrangement could not be provided at the venue. However, one can take the delicacies home.

    It will be open from 12 noon to 8 pm. Some of the mouth-watering delicacies available at KFDC outlet includes golden prawn, ‘pop prawn,’ ‘butter prawn,’ ‘skew prawn,’ ‘grill prawn,’ ‘grill fish,’ ‘fish finger,’ ‘fish cutlet,’ mackerel fry, ‘seer fish fry’, fish sausage, ‘lobster bites’ and sea food samosa.
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
  • Raviprasad Kamila

    An arecanut peeling machine developed by the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (CAMPCO) Ltd. will hit the market this May, according to its president Konkodi Padmanabha.

    The machine is meant for peeling raw chali (white arecanut), he told The Hindu.

    “We will release 25 machines initially next month. Each machine will cost Rs. 75,000 plus taxes,” he said.

    Managing Director of CAMPCO M. Suresh Bhandary said the cooperative had written to the Department of Horticulture for providing subsidy to the machine. If the Government obliges farmers might get it at a lower price depending on the subsidy amount. Mr. Bhandary said the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, had issued a certificate on its performance. According to it the machine was 96 per cent efficient. Mr. Padmanabha said that each machine could peel (output) 45 kg to 50 kg of white arecanut an hour. It has one-and-a-half horse power motor which could be operated with single phase power supply. The president said it produced less dust and noise. Mounted on wheels it could be transported everywhere.

    Mr. Bhandary said that using the machine farmers could peel raw chali at Rs. 2 a kg (operating cost). He said that skilled workers demanded up to Rs. 5 a kg for manual peeling till last year. They were demanding a increase of Rs. 2 this year. The operating cost of the machine comprised the wage and electricity cost, Mr. Bhandary said.

    Manchi Srinivasa Achar, president, All India Areca Growers' Association, Puttur, said skilled workers were normally demanding up to Rs. 6 a kg and in some cases up to Rs. 7 a kg for manual peeling this year. Mr. Bhandary said the machine weighed about 220 kilograms. Its model name would be Betel 50. Betel stood for betel nut and 50 stood for its maximum capacity of peeling which was 50 kg an hour.

    “We have received 13 bookings for the machine,” he said.

    The managing director said the machine was designed and marketed by CAMPCO. It had not manufactured it. “We have applied for manufacturing licence,” he said.

    He said that once farmers purchased it, CAMPCO would take care of its annual services. He said that although there were many machines in the market for peeling raw arecanut there was no compact machine for peeling chali variety.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 14 years
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
  • Rice Technology Park to be launched in Koppal (

    HUBLI: An integrated Rice Technology Park at Karatagi town in Koppal district has become a near future possibility. The land acquiring process for the project has gained momentum after the assurance from the Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadanand Gowda. There is also a plan to hold land acquisition process and develop basic infrastructure for the park simultaneously.
    The government has already transferred 90 acre of its own land to the Special Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (SAPMC), Karatagi, the implementing agency. The process of transferring another 121 acre is going on. The remaining, required 250 acre, will be bought from the nearby land owners.

    Agriculture Marketing Department (AMD) director Dr C Somashekhar said, "The SAPMC has bought 90 acre of government land on 50 percent of the market value by paying Rs 1.1 crore. A request has been made to the Revenue Department to transfer another 121 acre. The amount would be paid once the government evaluates the price. The process is also nearing completion."

    The total estimated cost of the park is around Rs 350 crore and should be implemented under a public private partnership (PPP) model. But in order to expedite the implementation AMD has decided to break the project in to two phases and will be spending Rs 150 crore initially to create basic infrastructure and provide necessary technical support.


    Mr Somashekhar noted that the viability gap fund of about 20 percent of the total project cost should come from the mill owners of the region and as of now they are noncommittal on sharing it. Though, parleys are being held with them, AMD has decided to go ahead. "Some kind of structure with basic amenities in the proposed site will instill confidence among the millers and this will encourage them to be a stakeholder," he stated.

    However, the Karnataka Rice Millers Association (KRMA) president Paranna Munavalli brushed all such speculations aside and said that the millers are very much ready to invest. "When the demand survey of the project was conducted millers from far off evinced interest. Moreover, investment in the park will prove cost effective so the millers are prepared to expand their business by setting new mill there and even processing units".

    Project Report AwaitedThe project is still at a nascent stage and a detailed project report (DPR) is yet to be drafted. Then only can an estimate of the land requirement be made and the actual cost of the project calculated. "A special officer will be assigned to prepare the DPR and a meeting of millers with the Chief Minister, who holds the Agriculture Marketing portfolio, will take place to take the project to the next phase", the director informed.

    The technology park is being set on 460 acres of land based on the study report submitted by a team headed by Dr PG Chengappa, vice chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. It will act as a one stop solution for all the needs ofpaddy cultivation and will be a centre for manufacturing paddy products.
    Mr Somashekhar said, "This park is first of its kind in the country. It is aimed at boosting paddy processing and production in the State. It is also expected to serve as a main marketing point for both farmers and traders from Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts where paddy is largely cultivated".


    The study team has also suggested setting up of the park in the Tungabhadra River command area, where paddy is grown in 95 percent of the 8.95 lakh acres of irrigated land. Annually about 178 lakh quintals of paddy is grown in the region and high quality rice (Sona Masuri) grown here has a huge demand in the international market. The proposed park will have an information centre to help the paddy growers realise the potential of their product and also would house a research institute.

    Officials at AMD said, "the park will have rice milling zone, by-product zone, processing zone, transport zone, quality control lab and knowledge source centre. The by-product zone consists of production of rice by-products such as rice flour, rice rava, noodles, rice bran oil, animal and poultry feeds, and rice-based alcohol."

    Transportation Woes - Thing of the PastAnother study conducted by the Karnataka State Agriculture Produce Processing and Export Corporation (KAPPEC) had found that Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts have around 200 rice mills operational. Due to the lack of necessary infrastructure, huge quantities of paddy are being transported to Tamil Nadu for processing.

    So, a proposal for setting up a Rice Park was submitted through the Karnataka Food Limited, functioning under the KAPPEC. Karnataka Food Limited special officer Dakshinamurthy said, "The rice park will address this key issue related to processing and developing of varieties of rice. Another aim is to create a single point for farmers and traders to market their produce."

    Mr Munavalli of KRMA pointed out, "A huge amount of paddy is being transported to Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for processing. The park will add value to the produce of farmers and by getting them a fair price." He believes that the project will lead to the boosting of paddy production in the State. Besides generating direct and indirect employment opportunities for the locals.
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years

    Coromandel Sugars operates a sugar mill in Mandya District, Karnataka. It is investing over Rs 150 crore in expanding its sugar mill there. The mill with a capacity to crush 3,500 tonnes of sugarcane daily is being expanded to 5,000 tonnes. A 12-MW cogeneration plant is also being expanded to 30 MW.

    Work on the expansion has started and is to be completed in one year, said an official.
    - engineer.akash, in 14 years
  • ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್* ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ರಾಜ
    ನೀರಾ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕ ತುಂಬೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿದ್ಧ$largeimg207_May_2012_232710083.jpg

    ರಾಜಾ ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ | May 07, 2012

    ಕಲ್ಪವೃಕ್ಷ ಎಂಬ ಪೂಜನೀಯ ತೆಂಗಿನ ಎಳನೀರಿನಷ್ಟೆ ಶುದ್ಧವಾದ ನೀರಾ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್* ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಸಂಚಲನ ಮೂಡಿಸುವ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹೊಂದಲಾಗಿದೆ. ತೆಂಗಿನ ಹೊಂಬಾಳೆಯಿಂದ ಒಸರುವ ದ್ರವವೇ ನೀರಾ. ಅಮಲು ರಹಿತ, ಕಲಬೆರಕೆ ಅಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದ, ಆಹ್ಲಾದಭರಿತ ಸ್ವಾದಿಷ್ಟ ರುಚಿ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ನೀರಾ ಮುಂದೊಂದು ದಿನ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್* ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ರಾಜನೆಂಬ ಕೀರ್ತಿ ಪಡೆದರೆ ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಇಲ್ಲ.

    ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ : ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಥಮ, ತೆಂಗಿನ ಮರದ ಹೊಂಬಾಳೆಯಿಂದ ಇಳಿಸುವ ರಸದಿಂದ ತಯಾರಿಸುವ ಸಿಹಿ ಶೇಂದಿ ಎಂದೇ ಅನ್ವರ್ಥನಾಮದ ಅಮಲು ರಹಿತ ನೀರಾ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್* ತಯಾರಿ ಘಟಕ ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ತುಂಬೆ ತೋಟಗಾರಿಕಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿದೆ.$advtcontent107_May_2012_232705253.jpg

    ಘಟಕವು ತೆಂಗು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಯೋಜನೆ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ತೆಂಗಿನ ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹ ನೀಡುವ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ಮತ್ತು ಇದೇ ಮಾದರಿ ಖಾಸಗಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಮಂಡಳಿಯದ್ದಾಗಿದೆ.

    ತೋಟಗಾರಿಕಾ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ತುಂಬೆ ಸಸ್ಯ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನೂತನ ಘಟಕ ಯಂತ್ರೋಪಕರಣಗಳ ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಆಗಿದೆ. 2011-12ನೇ ಸಾಲಿನ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮುಂಗಡ ಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಘೋಷಣೆ ಆಗಿರುವಂತೆ ಒಂದು ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ಅನುದಾನವು ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿದೆ.

    ತುಂಬೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 4,000 ಚದರ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 80 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಘಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಂತ್ರೋಪಕರಣಗಳ ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಆಗಿದೆ. ದಿನವೊಂದಕ್ಕೆ 3,000 ಲೀಟರ್* ನೀರಾ ತಯಾರಿಸುವ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯವನ್ನು ಘಟಕ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಮೈಸೂರಿನ ಡಿಎಫ್*ಆರ್*ಎಲ್* ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಸಹಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಾ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿ ಮೂರು ತಿಂಗಳು ಕಳೆದಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇದೀಗ ಕಾನೂನಿನ ತೊಡಕಿನಿಂದ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಕಾರ್ಯಾರಂಭ ವಿಳಂಬ*ವಾಗಿದೆ.

    ತೆಂಗಿನ ಹೊಂಬಾಳೆಯಿಂದ ಒಸರುವ ದ್ರವ ರೂಪದ ನೀರಾ ಒಂದು ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ವರ್ಧಕ ಪೇಯ. ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಶೇ. 85 ನೀರಿನ ಅಂಶ, ಉಳಿದಂತೆ ಸಕ್ಕರೆ, ಪಿಷ್ಟ, ಪೌಷ್ಟಿಕ ಅಂಶಗಳಿವೆ.

    ನೀರಾವನ್ನು ಬಿಸಿಲು ಬೀಳುವ ಮುನ್ನ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ಹುಳಿ ಬಾರದಂತೆ ವಿಶೇಷ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶೈತ್ಯಾಗಾರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಶ್ಚರೀಕರಿಸಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆ ಉಂಟಾಗದಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

    ಕುಡಿಯಲು ಅನುಕೂಲ ಆಗುವಂತೆ 200 ಎಂ.ಎಲ್*.ನ ಪೊಟ್ಟಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಯಂತ್ರದ ಮೂಲಕ ತುಂಬಿಸಿ ಸೀಲ್* ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಹಾಲಿನ ಪ್ಯಾಕೆಟ್* ಮಾದರಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುತ್ತದೆ.

    ಅಮಲು ಪದಾರ್ಥವಲ್ಲ

    ಇದು ಅಮಲು ಪದಾರ್ಥವಲ್ಲ. ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಣೆಗೆ ಮೊದಲು ಮುಕ್ತ ವಾತಾವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟರೆ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಗೊಂಡು ಶೇಂದಿಯಾಗಿ ಶೇ. 4 ಆಲ್ಕೋಹಾಲ್* ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ.

    ಇದೊಂದು ಆಹ್ಲಾದಕರ ಪೇಯ, ಹಿತವಾದ ಪರಿಮಳ, ಸ್ವಾದ ಭರಿತ ರುಚಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಪ್ರೊಟೀನ್* ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿದೆ.

    ಗರಿಷ್ಠ 6 ಲೀಟರ್*

    ಒಂದು ತೆಂಗಿನ ಮರದಿಂದ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ 3 ಲೀಟರ್*ನಿಂದ 6 ಲೀಟರ್* ನೀರಾ ಇಳಿಸಬಹುದು. ಇದರಿಂದಾಗಿ ತೆಂಗಿನ ಇಳುವರಿ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಆಗುವುದು. ಚಳಿಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಾ ಇಳಿಕೆ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೆಚ್ಚುವುದು. ಬೇಸಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಸಿಯುವುದು.

    ಒಬ್ಬ ಮೂರ್ತೆದಾರ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ 30 ಲೀಟರ್*ನಿಂದ 75 ಲೀಟರ್* ತನಕ ಇಳಿಸುವುದು ಸಾಧ್ಯ. (ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಮಜೂರಿ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ 750 - 1000 ರೂ.) ಒಬ್ಬ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ದಿನ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು ತೆಂಗಿನ ಮರಗಳ ನೀರಾ ಇಳಿಕೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.

    ನೀರಾದಿಂದ ಬೆಲ್ಲ, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ, ಕ್ಯಾಂಡಿ ಎಂಬ ಉಪ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳನ್ನೂ ತಯಾರಿಸಬಹುದು.

    ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಧಾರಣೆ

    ನೀರಾದ ಮಾರಾಟ ದರ ಇನ್ನೂ ನಿಗದಿಯಾಗದಿದ್ದರೂ ಹಾಲು ಒಂದು ಲೀಟರ್*ಗೆ - 28 ರೂ, ವಿವಿಧ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್*ಗಳ ಒಂದು ಲೀಟರ್* ಬೆಲೆ- 30 ರೂ.ನಿಂದ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ನೀಡುವಾಗ ನೀರಾದ ಬೆಲೆ ಏನೇನೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಎಂದು ಕಾಣಿಸಲಾರದು.

    ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್* ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾರಕ, ಒಂದರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಷ ಎನ್ನುವುದಾದರೂ ನಾವು ಅದನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುತ್ತೇವೆ. ನೀರಾ ಶುದ್ಧ, ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ವರ್ಧಕ, ಉಲ್ಲಾಸದಾಯಕ, ಶಕ್ತಿ ನೀಡುವ ದ್ರವ ರೂಪದ ಆಹಾರವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಬೆಲೆ ವಿಷಯವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ ಎಂದೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್*ನಂತೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಿಗೂ ಒಯ್ಯಬಹುದು; ಬೇಕಾದಾಗ ಕುಡಿಯಬಹುದು.

    ಕಾನೂನು ತೊಡಕು

    ತಾಳೆ ಮರದಿಂದ ಶೇಂದಿ ಇಳಿಸುವ ವೃತ್ತಿ, ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ, ಮಾರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ಅಬಕಾರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ನಿಯಮಾವಳಿಗಳು ಅನ್ವಯವಾಗುತ್ತವೆ.

    ಆದರೆ ನೀರಾ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಯು ದ್ರವ ಆಹಾರ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕಾರಣ ಅದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಸೂಕ್ತ ನಿಯಮಾವಳಿ ರೂಪಿತವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ವಿಚಾರವು ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಸರಕಾರದ ಆದೇಶವನ್ನು ಕಾಯುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ.

    ಘಟಕ ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲಿದೆ

    ಒಡಿಶಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಖಾಸಗಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 2005ರಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಾ ಘಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಅನುಮತಿ ದೊರೆತಿದೆ. ತಮಿಳುನಾಡು, ಆಂಧ್ರದಲ್ಲೂ ಖಾಸಗಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕೇರಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರಕಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಘಟಕ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.

    ನೀರಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವಂತಹ ಅಂಶಗಳು

    ಶರ್ಕರ ಪಿಷ್ಟ 98.76

    ಪ್ರೊಟೀನ್* 0.2

    ತೇವಾಂಶ 0.7

    ಕೊಬ್ಬು 0.04

    ಲವಣಾಂಶ 0.3

    ಕ್ಯಾಲಿÏಯಂ 58.07

    ರಂಜಕ 5.04

    ಕಬ್ಬಿಣ 1.4

    ಜೀವಸತ್ವಗಳು 396

    ಜೀವಧಾತು ವರ್ಧಕಗಳು 8.2

    ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸುವ ದೇಶಗಳು

    ಭಾರತ, ಶ್ರೀಲಂಕಾ, ಆಫ್ರಿಕ, ಮಲೇಶಿಯಾ, ಥಾçಲಂಡ್*, ಮ್ಯಾನ್ಮಾರ್* ದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇದರ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಮತ್ತು ಬಳಕೆ ಇದೆ. ಇತರ ದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪಾರ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಇದೆ.

    . ಘಟಕ ಸಿದ್ಧ, ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಾರಂಭಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾನೂನಿನ ತೊಡಕು.

    . ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ-ಖಾಸಗಿಯೋ, ಸರಕಾರವೋ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ.

    . ಖಾಸಗಿ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಟೆಂಡರ್*ಗೆ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

    . ಹಾಲು ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಂತೆ ನೀರಾ ಘಟಕ ಆರಂಭಿಸುವುದು ಸುಲಭ.

    . ಕರಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಾ ಉದ್ಯಮವನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಸಬಹುದು.

    . ನೀರಾ ಪ್ರತಿ ಲೀಟರ್* ಬೆಲೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ನಿಗದಿಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲ.


    . ನೀರಾ ಘಟಕ ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಆರಂಭವಾದರೆ ತೆಂಗಿನಕಾಯಿಗೆ ಇಂದಿನ ಬೆಲೆಯ ಹತ್ತು ಪಟ್ಟು ಉತ್ತಮ ಧಾರಣೆ ಸಿಗಬಹುದು.

    . ತೆಂಗಿನ ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಬರುವ ನುಸಿ ಪೀಡೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ನಿವಾರಣೆ ಆಗುವುದು.

    . ತೆಂಗಿನ ಕಾಯಿಯ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಧಾರಣೆ ಸ್ಥಿರತೆ ಪಡೆಯುವುದು.

    . ಅಪಾರ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃಷಿಕರಿಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ, ನೀರಾ ಘಟಕದ ಪೂರಕ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಹಸ್ರಾರು ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಆಗಲಿದೆ.

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    ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ : ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನವರಿಗೆ ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣು ಎಂದರೆ ಅದರಿಂದ ಬರುವ ಅಮಲಿನ ಪೇಯದ ಕುರಿತು ಮಾತ್ರ ಪಕ್ಕ ತಲೆಗೆ ಹೋಗುವುದು. ಅದೂ ತುಳುನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗೋಂಕುದ ಎಂದು ಮಾತು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದರೆ ಮುಗಿಯಿತು, ಹಳೆಯ ಸ್ಟಾಕ್*ನ ಮಾದಕ ಪೇಯ ಇರಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ದಟ್ಟ ವಾಸನೆಯ ಸಂಶಯ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ಸಿರಪ್* ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೆ, ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಇತರ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳಾದ ಜಾಮ್*, ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ, ಚಟ್ನಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಕ್ಯಾಂಡಿಯನ್ನು ಕೂಡಾ ತಯಾರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲೊಬ್ಬರು ಗೃಹಿಣಿ ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ಚಾಕ್ಲೆಟ್* ತಯಾರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.


    ಗೇರುಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಮೌಲ್ಯವರ್ಧನೆಗೆ ಇದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕೊಡುಗೆ. ಇದೇ ರೀತಿ ಇವರು ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಹಲ್ವಾ ಕೂಡ ತಯಾರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ವಾಸನೆಯಿಲ್ಲ. ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನ ಎಂದು ತಿನ್ನುವಾಗಲೇ ತಿಳಿಯುವಂತಹ ಸ್ವಾದಿಷ್ಟತೆ. ಸಕ್ಕರೆ, ತುಪ್ಪ, ಗೇರುಹಣ್ಣು ಬಳಸಿ ಇವರು ತಯಾರಿಸುವ ಚಾಕೋಲೇಟ್* ಉಳ್ಳಾಲದ ಗೇರು ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೂನ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಸಮಾರಂಭವೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿದೆ. ಸದ್ಯ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಅಂಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಒಂದು ಚಾಕೋಲೇಟ್*ಗೆ 36 ಪೈಸೆ ಅಸಲು ಬೀಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದರ ಗಾತ್ರ ಕಿರಿದು ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಅಸಲು ತಗ್ಗಿಸಿ 50 ಪೈಸೆಗೆ ಮಾರಾಟ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ.

    ಪೇಟೆಂಟ್* ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ:$advtcontent122_May_2012_220105447.jpg

    ಇಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೂ ಇಂತಹ ಹೊಸರುಚಿ ತಯಾರಿಸಿದವರು ಯಾರೆಂದರೆ ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ ತಾಲೂಕು ಮಂಚಿಯ ಸತ್ಯಭಾಮಾ ಅವರು. ಯಶಸ್ವಿ ಗೃಹಿಣಿಯಾಗಿ, ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರ ಹೈನುಗಾರಿಣಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೆಎಂಎಫ್*ನಿಂದ ಅನೇಕ ಬಾರಿ ಬಹುಮಾನ ಪಡೆದಿರುವ ಇವರ ಗೇರುತೋಟದ ಕಾಳಜಿಯ ಸಾಕಾಣಿಕೆಯ ಫಲದಿಂದ ಬಹುಬೇಗನೇ ಇಳುವರಿ ಪಡೆದು ದಾಖಲೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಗೇರು ಬೆಳೆಗಾರರು ಬಂದು ಸಂದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೂ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಕಡಿಮೆ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಧಿಕ ಬೆಳೆ ತೆಗೆದ ಸಾಧನೆಗಾಗಿ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಗೇರು ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಗೇರು ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರೋತ್ಸವ ಕೂಡಾ ನಡೆದಿದೆ.

    ಹಾಗಂತ ಹೊಸ ರುಚಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪೇಟೆಂಟ್*ಗೆ ಅರ್ಜಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿ ತಾವೇನೋ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಾಧನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ ಎಂದು ಹಮ್ಮು ತೋರುವ ಉತ್ಸಾಹ ಇವರಿಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಯಾರು ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಧಾರಾಳತನ ತೋರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಚಾಕೋಲೇಟ್* ಆರು ತಿಂಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಹಾಳಾಗದು ಎಂಬ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಗೇರುಹಣ್ಣಿನ ವಿವಿಧ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೇಳಿ ತಿಳಿದಿದ್ದು ಹಲ್ವಾ ಹಾಗೂ ಚಾಕೋಲೇಟ್* ನನ್ನದೇ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಐಸ್*ಕೀÅಮ್* ಕೂಡಾ ತಯಾರಿಸಬಹುದು ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ.

    ಗೇರಿನ ಕೊರತೆ:

    ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ 13 ಲಕ್ಷ ಟನ್* ಗೇರುಬೀಜದ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆಯಿದ್ದು, ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ 4.50 ಲಕ್ಷ ಟನ್* ಮಾತ್ರ ಬೆಳೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ದೇಶ 2000 ಕೋ. ರೂ. ಆಮದಿಗಾಗಿ ವಿನಿಯೋಗಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ . ಉಳಿದ ಹಣ್ಣುಗಳಂತೆ ಗೇರು ಹಣ್ಣು ಕೂಡ ರಸಭರಿತವಾಗಿ, ತಿನ್ನಲು ರುಚಿಕರವಾಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಕಂಡು ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಹಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ಅನೇಕ ಬಗೆಯ ಪಾನೀಯಗಳು, ಜಾಮ್*, ಕ್ಯಾಂಡಿ, ಚಟ್ನಿ, ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾದಕ ಪಾನೀಯಗಳನ್ನು ತಯಾರಿಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ನರಗಳ ನೋವು ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಧಿವಾತ ರೋಗಗಳನ್ನು ಗುಣಪಡಿಸಲು ಇದರ ರಸವನ್ನು ಲೇಪಿಸುವ ಕ್ರಮ ಇದೆ. ಇತರ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬೆಳೆಗಳಿಗಿಂತ ಸುಲಭ ಖರ್ಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುವ, ಅಧಿಕ ಆದಾಯ ತರುವ ಗೇರು ಬೆಳೆಯ ವ್ಯವಸಾಯದತ್ತ ರೈತರು ಕಾಳಜಿ ವಹಿಸಿದರೆ ರೈತನ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನ ವೃದ್ಧಿಸುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೇಹವಿಲ್ಲ.

    ಇದು ಸಕಾಲ:

    ಜೂನ್* - ಜುಲೆ„ ತಿಂಗಳು ಗೇರು ಸಸಿ ನಾಟಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮವಾದ ಕಾಲ. ಕಸಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿದ ಗಿಡಗಳನ್ನು ನೆಡುವಾಗ ಅದರ ಬೇರುಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಾನಿ ಉಂಟಾಗದಂತೆ ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ವಹಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅದರ ಬೇರಿನ ಸುತ್ತಲೂ ಮಣ್ಣನ್ನು ಸಡಿಲವಾಗಿ ತುಂಬಬೇಕು. ಈ ರೀತಿ ನಾಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸಸಿ, ಅಗಲವಾಗಿ ಹರಡಿ ಬೆಳೆಯಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಬೇಕು. ಉತ್ತಮ ತಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಟಿ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಪೋಷಣೆಯೂ ಅಗತ್ಯ. ರಸಗೊಬ್ಬರಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕುವುದರಿಂದ ಮರವೊಂದಕ್ಕೆ ಸುಮಾರು 4-5 ಕೆ.ಜಿಯಷ್ಟು ಇಳುವರಿಯನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪಡೆಯಬಹುದು. ಗೇರಿಗೆ ವಿವಿಧ ಕೀಟ ಬಾಧೆಯೂ ಇದೆ. ಅವು ಹೂ ಬಿಡುವ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕೀಟಬಾಧೆ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಸಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಔಷಧ ಸಿಂಪಡನೆಯಿಂದ ನಿವಾರಿಸಬಹುದು.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 14 years
  • HUBLI: Even after an increase in agricultural and horticultural output, Dharwad farmers are not getting right price for their produce as they do not have enough storage facilities. Efforts are on to get some food processing units to invest in this region.
    The Karnataka government's Integrated Agribusiness Development Policy, 2011 has pointed several issues that need immediate attention. Some of the them are: uneconomic scale of operation, lack of consistency in supply and quality, lack of cost competitiveness, inadequate and inappropriate storage and distribution infrastructure and lack of technical support to boost agricultural growth.

    Also, the state government's development policy mentions that attracting investments from private players both in infrastructure and technology research and skill development in agriculture and allied sectors are of prime importance.

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    Farmers are fighting price instability. "True potential of crops like onion, chilli, maize, cotton and other horticulture produces has not been optimally utilised because of price instability," BM Hanasi, president, Karnataka State Non-Partisan Farmers Welfare Association said.

    "Farmers are uncertain over the price of crop and are disappointed when they do not get right price. If agriculture and food processing industries come up in this part of region, they will give a respite to the farmers as they would open another avenue for farmers to sell their goods," he said.

    Joint director of the Agriculture Department Ganesh Naik said, "Processing units in maize, pulses, oilseeds and other fruit and vegetable products can prove profitable for both industries and farmers. Not only Dahrwad, but neighboring regions like Gadag and Haveri will also benefit from such steps. Agro-processing companies near Hubli- Dharwad can procure produces here as the twin cities are well connected to other cities."

    According to District Industries Centre data, no big agro industry has invested in the region and those functioning are engaged in food processing at small scale. DIC joint director Malatesha Jeevannavar said, "Only a few small companies involved in processing of fruit and vegetable are registered here."

    Contract farming could be one way of making profits. Vivek Nayak, managing director of Ken Agritech Private Limited, a vegetable and fruit processing unit, said, "Since this region has good agricultural belt, adopting contract farming could be beneficial for big companies. The processed products could be sold to retail outlets and exported. In case of exports, farmers need to keep in mind the international norms for pesticide."

    Ray of hope

    The Karnataka Agriculture Produce Processing and Export Corporation (KAPPEC) encourages joint ventures under public private partnerships (PPP) model for processing and value addition to agriculture and horticulture. It has positive outlook on prospects of agro-processing industries in Dharwad due to its geographical location, connectivity and crops cultivated here.

    "Many players have already started setting up cold storage chain in APMC Yard," said Dr Vishakanta, KAPPEC managing director. "They are open to set up more facilities if required. Moreover, in the recently concluded state's global agriculture investors meet, several companies expressed interest to invest in the sector here."

    Mr Hanasi of Farmers Welfare Association said, "Protection of agriculture had begun just after liberalisation and India becoming a signatory of World Trade Organisation. If farmers will get a share of profit, there is no point in opposing it." However, some farmers are against this as the issue of contract farming may prove problematic.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 14 years
  • MANGALORE: Jackfruit, the sticky, sweet and smelly fruit popular along the Konkan coast and Kerala, is ready to cross the seas and make it to the United States of America. There, it will be savoured sandwiched in a burger and turned into many other products. Once considered a poor man's fruit, it is now at the heart of a campaign.

    Global Village Fruits Inc. (GVFI), a for-profit social enterprise started by pre-med anthropology concentrator and Harvard public service traveller Annemarie Ryu is set to export 25 tonne of dried jackfruit to the US, but she faces shortage of supply. To overcome the supply crisis, Annemarie along with her local partner NV Paulose is all set to launch 'The Jackfruit Campaign'.

    The increase in demand will translate into a boon for farmers here who are not able to market the fruit. Currently, a major share of jackfruit produced in undivided Dakshina Kannada district is wasted due to the lack of a proper market.

    GVFI will enable farmers here to market the fruit and make more profit.

    Paulose told TOI that though there is a demand for 25 tonne of dried jackfruit per year in the US, the supply here is less than 1 tonne.

    "Annemarie will visit Mangalore to promote more ventures in jackfruit processing. GVFI will introduce more varieties of jackfruit products, including jackfruit burgers, if she is able to get more supply. This will further increase the demand for the fruit in the US, and farmers in India, especially those in coastal Karnataka, will get a higher price," he said.

    Anniemarie will meet jackfruit farmers, entrepreneurs and investors at a campaign in the city on June 16. She will present a special 3D shooting session on 'Jackfruit economics' and interact with stakeholders.

    Being a violinist, Anniemarie will also participate in a short musical concert to be held as part of the campaign, Paulose said, adding that she is expected to get more supply from India and South Asian countries too.

    A student of Harvard University, Annemarie had tasted jackfruit for the first time in her life in Bangalore last year. The magical feel she had after having Artocarpus heterophyllus, inspired her to start GVFI to create a market for the fruit and help Indian farmers, he added.

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    The US people don't like jackfruit fried chips? What about sending fresh jackfruit finger chips processed properly so that they can just fry it like potato chips and eat.
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Panaji: Ask about Karnataka's most popular mithai and Mysorepak is the obvious answer. But there is another sweetmeat that many swear by, the kunda, from Belgaum in north Karnataka. The sweetmeat makers, Purohits, have been boiling and reducing hundreds of thousands of litres of milk for the last 60 years, giving those with a love for sweet tooth in northern Karnataka and Goa, the coarse brown sweetmeat called kunda.

    Very regional, but cult-like in its popularity, the kunda is now being taken to the rest of the country by the 'Camp Purohits', as they are called. And Goa is the first pit stop. "Bengal is famous for rasagulla. The Punjabis have their own mithais. This is one of Karnataka's most popular sweets after the Mysorepak. It is distinct because you rarely find kunda outside of northern Karnataka. We want to take this mithai to the rest of India," K.S. Purohit, the patriarch behind the Camp Purohit brand, told IANS.

    "We started 60 years ago in Belgaum, which is also called 'Kunda nagri' (city of kunda). We were not the inventors, but one of the first to manufacture on a big scale and sell it. Today we manufacture 600 kg of kunda every day, i.e., 18 tonnes a month, which is sold across eight stores," Purohit said. The mithai store was launched on Saturday.

    The making of kunda according to Purohit is very simple. Unlike other mithais which require finesse and fuss at the time of preparation, to make kunda all you need is milk, sugar, patience and the ability to tolerate sweat. "You need to boil the milk until it is reduced down to one eighth of its original quantity. Then you add the sugar and keep churning the mixture until the milk begins to burn slightly and forms a brownish paste. Then you add a little bit of cardamom powder and there you have it ready. If you want you can add some dry fruits too," Purohit says.

    While the recipe is simple enough, the origin of this mithai is rooted in rustic charm. "Gangaram Mithaiwala, whose shop still runs at Shahpur in Belgaum, used to have a mithai maker named Jakku. One day Jakku left the milk boiling and forgot about it. He returned only when the milk had nearly dried up and was reduced to a brown paste. He added some sugar to it, and it tasted lovely. That is how this mithai was born," says the 70-year-old K.S. Purohit.

    And why did he name it kunda? "That was his daughter's name," Purohit said.

    Purohit's son Raj, an actor in Hindi and Kannada films, says that the Camp Purohit brand was now slowly beginning to switch from traditional packaging to vacuum and tin packaging with an eye on exporting the product. "We have begun to export kunda to Saudi Arabia and Mauritius. Already we are sending some stock to Singapore and Malaysia as and when the demand arises," Raj said.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vishnu Wagh, a kunda lover himself, said that Goans who have been seduced by the mithai are known to make weekend trips to Belgaum (it is nearly 115 km from Goa) on a regular basis only to buy fresh kunda. "It's a simple mithai and unique to this region, which is the USP," Wagh said.

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    What about introducing Kunda in western market? We may have to add a bit of coca ( to it. KMF and CAMPCO can collaborate to explore market.

    ^^ One thing I was wondering is jackfruit juice and softdrinks. I know there are jackfruit icecreams but don't know whether any softdrink is there. If the pugent smell is reduced to some extent it will be a good drink. Also cashewnut fenny ( or wine ( is famous but don't know whether there is any cashewnut softdrinks.
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Wow! Kunda is already on export merket!

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    Ask about Karnataka's most popular mithai and Mysorepak is the obvious answer. But there is another sweetmeat that many swear by, the kunda, from Belgaum in north Karnataka.

    The sweetmeat makers, Purohits, have been boiling and reducing hundreds of thousands of litres of milk for the last 60 years, giving those with a love for sweet tooth in northern Karnataka and Goa, the coarse brown sweetmeat called kunda.

    Very regional, but cult-like in its popularity, the kunda is now being taken to the rest of the country by the 'Camp Purohits', as they are called. And Goa is the first pit stop.

    "Bengal is famous for rasagulla. The Punjabis have their own mithais. This is one of Karnataka's most popular sweets after the Mysorepak. It is distinct because you rarely find kunda outside of northern Karnataka. We want to take this mithai to the rest of India," K.S. Purohit, the patriarch behind the Camp Purohit brand, told us.

    "We started 60 years ago in Belgaum, which is also called 'Kunda nagri' (city of kunda). We were not the inventors, but one of the first to manufacture on a big scale and sell it. Today we manufacture 600 kg of kunda every day, i.e., 18 tonnes a month, which is sold across eight stores," Purohit said. The mithai store was launched on Saturday.

    The making of kunda according to Purohit is very simple.

    Unlike other mithais which require finesse and fuss at the time of preparation, to make kunda all you need is milk, sugar, patience and the ability to tolerate sweat.

    "You need to boil the milk until it is reduced down to one eighth of its original quantity. Then you add the sugar and keep churning the mixture until the milk begins to burn slightly and forms a brownish paste. Then you add a little bit of cardamom powder and there you have it ready. If you want you can add some dry fruits too," Purohit says.

    While the recipe is simple enough, the origin of this mithai is rooted in rustic charm.

    "Gangaram Mithaiwala, whose shop still runs at Shahpur in Belgaum, used to have a mithai maker named Jakku. One day Jakku left the milk boiling and forgot about it. He returned only when the milk had nearly dried up and was reduced to a brown paste. He added some sugar to it, and it tasted lovely. That is how this mithai was born," says the 70-year-old K.S. Purohit.

    And why did he name it kunda? "That was his daughter's name," Purohit said.

    Purohit's son Raj, an actor in Hindi and Kannada films, says that the Camp Purohit brand was now slowly beginning to switch from traditional packaging to vacuum and tin packaging with an eye on exporting the product.

    "We have begun to export kunda to Saudi Arabia and Mauritius. Already we are sending some stock to Singapore and Malaysia as and when the demand arises," Raj said.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vishnu Wagh, a kunda lover himself, said that Goans who have been seduced by the mithai are known to make weekend trips to Belgaum (it is nearly 115 km from Goa) on a regular basis only to buy fresh kunda.

    "It's a simple mithai and unique to this region, which is the USP," Wagh said.
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Dharmasthala jackfruit feston June 17-18 (

    Though not sure about protien and vitamin content just wondering whether skin & core (called rache & goonji in Tulu) of jackfruit could be used for producing chunks like soya chunks ( (meal maker). In coastal region it is used for preparing chutney or making curries after brining with salt (lasts like pickle). Anyway, if we have proper processing zones for jackfruit products then atleast we can use the leftover in bioplants. Villagers generally use it for feeding livestock but others throw away.

    There is also another fruit called bread fruit ( (jeevi halasu) used for making curry, bajji, etc in coastal regions (may be malenadu region also) but in other regions it is not used at all and goes as waste. What about processing bread fruit also to something like soya chunks and exploring atleast export market?
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Friday, June 15, 2012 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru

    Mahindra Group, which is the consulting arm for the Karnataka government, pointed out the need for the creation of large-scale agriculture infrastructure and capacity building in agricultural processing. This has led the state to scout for investments in the food processing sector amounting to the tune of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 5,000 crore, which would enable the acceleration of its growth prospects.

    The sectors identified by the Mahindra Group under the Bounteous Karnataka initiative have indicated that the investment opportunities are in the areas of apiculture, animal husbandry, agriculture, dairy, fisheries, floriculture, food processing, horticulture and sericulture.

    The state has 10 different agro-climatic zones which can drive the high growth in agriculture, stated B Suresh, president and CEO, Mahindra Consulting Engineers.

    Thrust areas requiring priority attention would include improving production and productivity, reducing production cost, wastage reduction, increasing value addition, price stabilisation, use of high-tech agriculture technologies, genetically modified crop varieties, green house technologies, post-harvest management adoption of advanced food processing technologies and cold storage infrastructure, among others. It is imperative that Karnataka takes advantage of its strengths and develop strategies to leverage the growing demand in both domestic and international markets, he added at the recently held Global Investors' Meet in Bengaluru.

    The state's value proposition for investors cover its large resource base, as over 64 per cent of the total area is under agriculture cultivation. It is the largest producer of spices, aromatic, medicinal crops and tropical fruits, the second largest milk producer after Gujarat, the third and fourth largest producer of sugar and sugarcane respectively after UP, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. It is also known for its production of maize, coarse cereals, pulses and sunflower. There is also a diverse competence in horticulture, fisheries with an annual marine production of 425,000 metric tonnes and the largest cashew accounting for 8.5 per cent of the national production.

    The government has also provided food parks and good processing economic zones to demonstrate the investor interest. The existing food parks are at Malur in Kolar district, Navanagar in Bagalkot, Hiriyur in Chitradurga and Jewargi in Gulbarga and an agri-food processing special economic zone in Hassan. Now it has proposed for food parks at Belgaum, Bijapur, Bengaluru Rural, Shimoga, and Tumkur, and a spice park at Haveri, all under public-private partnership.

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    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • ಹಲಸು ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದೆ, ಮೌಲ್ಯವರ್ಧನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದೆ !
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    ರುಚಿ, ಅಡುಗೆ ಹೀಗೆ ಒಂದಲ್ಲ ಒಂದು ಬಳಕೆಗೆ ಸಿಗುವ ಹಲಸೀಗ ರಾಜ.

    Udayavani | Jun 16, 2012
    ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರ : ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರ ಕೃಷಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಕೇಂದ್ರ, ವಲಯ ಕೃಷಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳ ಗ್ರಾಮಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಆಶ್ರಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಕೃಷಿ ಸಮಾಜ ಮತ್ತು ಅಡ್ಯನಡ್ಕದ ವಾರಣಾಶಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಾನದ ಸಹಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಮಟ್ಟದ ಹಲಸಿನ ಮೇಳ- 2012ನ್ನು ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೂ. 17 ಮತ್ತು 18ರಂದು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿರುವ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಹಲಸಿನ ಕುರಿತು ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಮಾಹಿತಿ.$advtcontent116_Jun_2012_232301880.jpg
    ಹಣ್ಣುಗಳ ರಾಜ ಮಾವು ಎಂಬುದು ಸಾರ್ವತ್ರಿಕ. ಆದರೆ ನಿಜವಾಗಿ ಗಾತ್ರ, ವಿನ್ಯಾಸ, ಮರ, ರುಚಿ, ಅಡುಗೆ ಹೀಗೆ ಒಂದಲ್ಲ ಒಂದು ಬಳಕೆಗೆ ಸಿಗುವ ಹಲಸೀಗ ರಾಜ. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಮೌಲ್ಯವರ್ಧನೆಯೂ ಆಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

    ತುತ್ತಿಗೂ ತತ್ಕಾರವಾದ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸು ಬಡವರ ಕಲ್ಪವೃಕ್ಷ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ತೊಳೆ0å*ು ಖಾದ್ಯ ಉಪಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನದ ಭೋಜನಕ್ಕೂ ಸೆ„. ಇದನ್ನೇ ತಿಂದು ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ಗಟ್ಟಿ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ದುಡಿದು ಜೀವಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇಂದು ಹಲಸು ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷಿತ ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಿತ್ತಲಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಳೆತು ನಾರಿ ಮಣ್ಣಾಗಿ ಹೋದೀತೇ ವಿನಾ, ಅದು ಅಂಗಳಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

    ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮೀರಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಸಾಮರ್ಥಯ ಹಲಸಿಗಿದೆ. ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಹಲಸೆಂದರೆ ಹೊಲಸೆನ್ನುವ ವರ್ಗ, ಮತ್ತೂಂದೆಡೆ ಅದರ ತೊಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಉಳಿದೆಲ್ಲಾ ಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಮೌಲ್ಯವಧಿರ್ದಿಸುವ ಹಲಸು ಪ್ರಿಯರು. ಹಲಸಿನ ಸುತ್ತಮುತ್ತ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳಿವೆ. ಅದರ ನಿತ್ಯಜಪವೇ ಪರಿಹಾರವಲ್ಲ. ನಮಗೆ ಹಲಸಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪೂರ್ವಾಗ್ರಹವಿದೆ. ಕೀಳರಿಮೆಯಿದೆ, ಹಲಸಿನ ಹೀನಾಯ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ಮೂಲಕಾರಣ ಇರುವುದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ, ಮನೆಲ್ಲಿ. ಊರಲ್ಲಿ, ಸಮಾರಂಭಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದವರೇ ಮಾನ ಕೊಡಲು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದರೆ ಹಲಸಿಗೆ ಮೌಲ್ಯ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.

    ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬದಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ :

    ಇಂದು ಹಲಸನ್ನು ಲಾಭದಾಯಕವಾಗಿ ನೋಡುವ ಕಾಲ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಾಗೂ ಅದರ ಇತರ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಶಕ್ತಿಯ ಮೂಲವಾಗಿದೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ಹಪ್ಪಳ ಮಾಡುವಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಮಂಚೂಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಚಿಪ್ಸ್ಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಭಾರೀ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಕೆ.ಜಿಗೆ ರೂ. 140 ರಿಂದ 160ರ ವರೆಗೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಇದ್ದರೂ ಕೊಳ್ಳುವವರು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಂದಿ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ಹಪ್ಪಳ , ಚಿಪ್ಸ್ಗೆ ಬಳಕೆಯಾದರೆ, ಹಣ್ಣು ಜಾಮ್*, ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಹಪ್ಪಳ, ಕಡಬು, ಹೋಳಿಗೆ, ಬನ್ಸ್* , ಪಾಯಸ ಹೀಗೆ ಹಲವು ಖಾದ್ಯಗಳ ತಯಾರಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸಬಹುದು ಎಂಬುದು ಹಲಸಿನ ಮೇಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಭಿತಾಯಿತು.

    ಹಲಸನ್ನು ಈಗ ಉಪೇಕ್ಷಿಸುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ಈಗ ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೂ ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣಿನದೇ ದರ್ಬಾರು. ಹಿತ್ತಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ತೋಟದ ಬದುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿದ್ದು ಕೊಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹಣ್ಣುಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ನಗರ ಹಾಗೂ ಪಟ್ಟಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳ ಜನರು ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಾಗೂ ಇತರ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ಇಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಭವಿಷ್ಯದ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸಿಗೆ ಇನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಬರಬಹುದು. ಜತೆಗೆ ಜೂಸ್*, ಬೀಜದ ಪುಡಿಯಿಂದ ಬಿಸ್ಕತ್*, ಕಪ್* ಕೇಕ್*. ಹಪ್ಪಳ, ಚಿಪ್ಸ್, ಬೆರಟ್ಟಿ, ಉಂಡ್ಲುಕ, ಬೀಜದ ಸಾಂತಾಣಿ (ಬೇಯಿಸಿ, ಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಒಣಗಿಸಿದ). ಇವುಗಳ ಜತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸು ವಿವಿಧ ಅವತಾರಗಳನ್ನು ತಾಳಿದೆ. ಜ್ಯಾಂ, ಹಂಬಳ, ಜ್ಯೂಸ್*, ಮುಳುಕ, ರೊಟ್ಟಿ, ವಡೆ, ಹೋಳಿಗೆ, ಸುಕ್ರುಂಡೆ, ಚಕ್ಕುಲಿ... ಇನ್ನು ಅನೇಕ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಋತುವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಡುಗೆಮನೆ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾಲಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಗƒಹಿಣಿಯರು ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಗಳಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ!

    ಕೇರಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸಿನ ಬೃಹತ್* ಉದ್ಯಮ

    ನೆರೆಯ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಕೇರಳದಿಂದ ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು, ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಡಬುಗಳು ಕೊಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ರಪ್ತಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಮಂಚೂರಿಗೂ ಭಾರೀ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಇದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉದ್ಯಮವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸಿನ ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಉಪಯೋಗ ಇನ್ನು ಬಾಲ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಆದರೂ ಹಲಸಿನ ಮೇಳಗಳು ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಹಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ.

    ಹಲಸು ಆಹಾರ ಸುರಕ್ಷತೆಗೆ ಕೀಲಿಕೈ-ಇದು ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಸ್ಲೋಗನ್*. ಹಲಸಿನಿಂದ ಆಹಾರ ಸುರಕ್ಷೆ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಕೃಷಿಕರ ಸುರಕ್ಷೆ ಕೀಲಿಕೈ ಆಗಬೇಕು. ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಹಲಸಿನ ಬೀಜದ ಪುಡಿ, ತೊಳೆ ಪುಡಿಗಳಿಗೆ ರಫು ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಯಿದೆ.

    ಹಲಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಔಷದೀಯ ಗುಣಗಳು:

    ಹಲಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಔಷಧೀಯ ಗುಣಗಳಿವೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ0å*Þಗಿ: ನೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮ್* ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣಿನಲ್ಲಿ 303 ಮಿಲಿಗ್ರಾಮ್* ಪೊಟ್ಯಾಶಿಯ ಇದೆ. ಪೊಟ್ಯಾಶಿ0å*ುಂ ಸೇವಿಸಿದರೆ ಅದು ಬ್ಲಿಡ್* ಪ್ರಶರನ್ನು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ರಕ್ತದ ಏರೊತ್ತಡದಿಂದ ಬಳಲುತ್ತಿರುವವರಿಗೆ ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣನ್ನು ತಿಂದರೆ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಲಾಭ ಸಿಕ್ಕೀತು ಎನ್ನುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಕುತೂಹಲ ವಿಚಾರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಅಧ್ಯ0å*ುನ ಆಗಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಇನ್ನೂ ಆಳ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ ಆಗಿಲ್ಲದ ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಔಷಧಿದೀಯ ಗುಣಗಳು ಈ ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷಿತ ಹಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಇರುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗಳಿವೆ.

    ಇದಲ್ಲದೆ ಹಲಸಿನ ಗಿಡದ ಬೇರನ್ನು ಕಷಾಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ತೊಗಟೆಯ ಬಿಳಿ ರಸ ಅಂಟು ಔಷಧ ಗುಣ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಪಿತ್ತ ಶಮನಕ್ಕೆ ಎಳೆಯ ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ಉತ್ತಮ. ಹಲಸಿನ ಬೀಜಗಳ ಪಲ್ಯ ಬಲವರ್ಧಕ ಮತ್ತು ವೀ0å*ುìವರ್ಧಕವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಹಲಸಿನ ತೊಳೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಾಳೆಹಣ್ಣಿನ ತಿರುಳು, ಹಸಿ ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ತುರಿ, ಜೇನು ತುಪ್ಪ, ಏಲಕ್ಕಿ ಸೇರಿಸಿ ಮಿಶ್ರಣ ಮಾಡಿ ಸೇವಿಸುವುದರಿಂದ ದುರ್ಭಲ ನರಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಲ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದು ನಂಬಿಕೆ.

    ವಿಶ್ವದಲ್ಲೇ ಹಲಸಿನ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎರಡನೆ ಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆಯ ಪಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಸರೇ ಕಾಣದ ಹಲವು ದೇಶಗಳೂ ಮೌಲ್ಯವರ್ಧನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತುಂಬಾ ಹಿಂದೆ ಹಾಕಿವೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಆಹಾರ ಸುರಕ್ಷೆ ಒದಗಿಸಬಲ್ಲ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಆಹಾರಬೆಳೆ ಹಲಸಿನ ಸದ್ಬಳಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶ್ವದ ಭೂಪಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತ ಎಲ್ಲೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸಿನಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಮುದಾಯಿಕ ತಾತ್ಸಾರ ಇದೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಮನದಿಂದ ಮೊದಲು ಕಿತ್ತೂಗೆಯಬೇಕು. ಬೆಳೆಸುವ ಊರುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸನ್ನು ತರಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿ, ಹಣ್ಣಾಗಿ, ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಿತ್ತಾ ಆಹಾರವಸ್ತುವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುವ ಅಭ್ಯಾಸ ಹೆಚ್ಚಬೇಕು.

    ಆಗಬೇಕಾದದ್ದು :

    ಹಳ್ಳಿಮೂಲೆಗಳಿಂದ ಎಳೆ ಹಲಸು, ಹಲಸಿನಹಣ್ಣು ಎಚ್ಚರದಿಂದ ಕೊಯ್ದು ತಂದು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ಪೂರೈಸುವ ಹಾಲಿನ ಸಂಘದ ತರಹದ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಣಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಸರಕಾರ ರೂಪಿಸಬೇಕು. ಹಲಸಿನಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಸಿಪ್ಪೆ ಕೆತ್ತಲು, ತುಂಡು ಮಾಡಲು, ಕೊಚ್ಚಲು ಉಪಕರಣಗಳನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಬೇಕು. ಹಲಸಿನಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಪಲ್ಪ್ ಮಾಡುವ ವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ಸ್ಟಾಂಡಡೆ„ಸ್* ಮಾಡಿ ಹಳ್ಳಿಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ ರೈತರೂ ಮಾಡುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಹಬ್ಬಿಸಬೇಕು. ತಾಜಾ ಹಲಸಿನಹಣ್ಣಿನ ತೊಳೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಳಾಗದಂತೆ ಸಾಗಾಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಮಾರಲು ಅನುವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಹದಿನೈದು ದಿನ ತಾಜಾ ಆಗಿಯೇ ಉಳಿಸುವಂಥ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಸಂಸ್ಕರಣೆ (ಮಿನಿಮಲ್* ಪ್ರಾಸೆಸಿಂಗ್*) ವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ಸಮರೋಪಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕು. ರೆಡಿ ಟು ಕುಕ್* ಎಳೆ ಹಲಸು/ ಹಲಸು ತಯಾರಿಯ ವಿದ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ದೊಡ್ಡ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲಸು ಬೆಳೆಸುವ ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಬ್ಬಿಸಬೇಕು. ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಸಿ ವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚುಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನ ತೊಡಗುವಂತೆ ಪ್ರೇರೇಪಿಸಿ, ತರಬೇತಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ನಮ್ಮ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ತಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿ ಬೆಳೆಸಬೇಕು.

    ಮಾಹಿತಿ: ಎಂ. ಆರ್*. ಆನಂದ್*., ಡಾ. ಧನಂಜಯ ಬಿ., ಡಾ. ಎಂ. ಹನುಮಂತಪ್ಪ., ಮತ್ತು ಪಾಟೀಲ್* ರವೀಂದ್ರ ಎಸ್*. -ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳು, ವಲ0å*ು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರ, ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರ: 0820-2563923, 9449866916.

    ಉದಯವಾಣಿ (
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Monday, June 18, 2012 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru

    The agriculture sector is now looking for smart machines to simplify farming operations. High-tech harvesting equipment like fruit selection pickers, weed removers and robotic technology in tilling and sowing will bring in far more efficiency and prove to be indispensable. This is where international agricultural engineering companies have an opportunity for investment in Karnataka, according to G K Vasanth Kumar, additional secretary, state department of food processing and harvest technology.

    “There is a huge influx of farm labour into construction and the reluctance by the present generation from the farming community to opt for industry jobs. The state is making efforts to reverse the situation,” observed Kumar, while speaking at the recently- concluded Global Investors Meet 2012 in Bengaluru.

    According to Kumar, this brings in a huge opportunity in the area of mechanical harvesting to lure the farming sector immigrants back from construction sites. Hi-tech harvesting machines can help selection of quality fruits and vegetables produce. Using global positioning system technology, harvesters are able to accurately map quality of produce before harvest.

    He added, “These are some of the state-of-the-art technologies which Karnataka’s agri and food processing sectors are looking for from investors. There is huge scope for sales and revenue generation.”

    Just like industries have modernised to ensure economies of scale, agriculture too needs to opt for such technologies, according to Kumar.

    Almost 65 per cent of the population in Karnataka is dependent on agriculture. There is need for smart machines in farming activity covering the entire spectrum using robotic technology, cold chain and logistics support. Farmers were not getting the right price for their produce, he said.

    Coming to warehousing and cold storage, there is need for controlled environment addressing issues in logistics. It will help to source the fruits and vegetables from the farms for the fruit processing sector (for instance, picking up the right fruits for jam making). “To ensure coordination between the farmers and processors, there is need to adopt precision farming, controlled cultivation,” said Kumar.

    In addition to engineering equipment, there are opportunities for investors to mould agri entrepreneurs into taking up sustainable practices by using bio-waste renewable inputs increase production to help protect diminishing farmlands and environment resources.

    Present consumption pattern indicates that there is a major shift from raw foods to processed products driven by the wellness industry. This only indicates that value chain starts from farming and ends in processing. Therefore a combination of right equipment and environment-friendly farming practices is essential. There is need for right inputs to develop infrastructure, which includes individual development through training programmes to help remain updated on advanced technologies and academic labs to commercialise technologies. “We need to reverse labour shift from agriculture by luring young farmers to opt for lucrative options like global food marketing from the farmlands itself to help retain their interest,” said Kumar.

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    A file photo of a milk powder plant in Bangalore. The increase in milk procurement across Karnataka is currently around 51.93 lakh kg daily. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

    * Federation has three times the usual stock of SMP owing to record milk procurement

    Deficient rainfall or a delayed monsoon in the country could bail out the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), which currently stocks 6,000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder (SMP) following a record increase in milk procurement in recent months.

    While in the past, the average stock of SMP was around 2,000 tonnes, it shot up to 6,000 tonnes after the average daily procurement of milk went up by 23 per cent over the last year.

    The increase in milk procurement across the State, which is currently around 51.93 lakh kg daily, surprised experts, who expected KMF to reach the figure only by 2015-16.

    The federation was hoping for a rise in demand from the northeast and eastern States, where the availability of milk was low and could further decline in the event of deficient rainfall or delayed monsson.

    The shelf life of SMP is one year. According to sources in the KMF, there was a steep increase in stock because the daily surplus milk went up from about 5 lakh litres to about 14 lakh litres. While the daily procurement was around 52 lakh kg, the federation used only about 38 lakh litres as liquid milk, curd, UHT (Goodlife) milk and milk products. “As a farmers’ cooperative, we cannot refuse milk from members,” said the sources.

    Currently, India has about 1.7 lakh tonnes of SMP, of which about 1 lakh tonnes is with milk federations, according to the sources. This was due to a ban imposed in February 2011 on the export of SMP by the Centre, which also allowed for duty free import of 50,000 tonnes of SMP to overcome milk shortage, they said. However, the Union government lifted the export ban about a fortnight ago. The KMF may not be able to sell SMP in the market at the prevailing price with the international price chart released by New Zealand-based Fonterra being lower than its production cost.

    “The current price of around Rs. 158 a kg is lower than our production cost. We will break even if the price crosses Rs. 165 a kg. The federation would also lose heavily because the transportation cost is additional,” sources said, adding that last year, the KMF sold SMP for an average price of Rs. 180 a kg, with the highest price being Rs. 200 a kg. In recent weeks, the price dropped to Rs. 145 a kg.

    Meanwhile, a top official said the KMF was not panicking and was hopeful of finding markets, and pointed out that the federation sold nearly 2,000 tonnes of SMP in January. “We are also expecting demand for SMP from State federations that are not big milk producers,” the official said.

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    At a food processing facility

    UAS, Dharwad, to offer B.Tech programme with intake of 30 students

    Following the growing demand for the courses in agricultural sciences, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, has launched an innovative undergraduate engineering course — Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) in food technology — from this academic year.

    Vice-Chancellor R.R. Hanchinal told The Hindu that it is a self-financed course. The varsity has developed all the required facilities including teaching and learning infrastructure utilising funds released under the Rs. 50 crore special grants by the Union Government. The university will also invest over Rs. 10 crore for launching this course.

    The total intake will be 30 and the university will consider enhancing it based on the response from the students. Also, there are plans to launch a M. Tech in food technology in the coming days. The course fee will be on par with the fee of other courses offered by the government engineering colleges and it may be around Rs. 40,000 per annum, he said.

    Prof. Hanchinal said at present courses in food technology were being offered at the University Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, and the Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). But in CFTRI all States have a quota and only two seats are available for students of Karnataka. Even in UAS, Bangalore, not all students could get admission. Moreover, the students from north Karnataka have to travel all the way to Bangalore to pursue this course. UAS, Dharwad, is the first institute to launch this course in the north Karnataka region.

    The course coordinator, Nirmala Yenagi, said the growing food technology sector and the food processing industry had created demand for trained graduates in this field.

    Apart from offering bright career opportunities, this course also helps the graduates to go for self-employment by setting up food processing units and enterprises.

    The food technology courses have become more popular in the neighbouring Maharashtra and many graduates have emerged as thriving entrepreneurs there, Ms. Yenagi said.

    Prof. Hanchinal said many foreign universities and research institutes have shown interest to collaborate with UAS, Dharwad, in different fields including teaching and research and development. Hence, the varsity was also contemplating introducing the dual degree programmes in the agricultural engineering and agricultural science courses. Here the students would get an opportunity to pursue education both at their university as well as at the foreign university with which the UAS, Dharwad, enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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  • Ajay Jha | Indian Cooperative | June 13, 2012 - 2:30 am

    A new experiment in dairy development is in the works in Dharwad in Karnataka. Dharwar district cooperative milk producers societies union (Damul) is the organization that has begun the experiment. The latter consists in offering quality milk and milk products on the lowest possible price.

    Damul is set to increase its milk collection and processing capacity in the days ahead. It already covers a huge swathe of the state providing milk to consumers at a reasonable price. The company gives milk producers a good price, for good measure.

    Modelled on the famous Gujarat Amul , Damul is known for making available on the market the popular brand ‘ nandini’

    Damul is also diverting its surplus milk into confectionery producing popular sweets such as Mysore Pak and Dharwrd Peda.

    Damul’s great success can be put down to its competitive edge in terms of prices of its various products and a very effective network of venders and selling points claimed its MD.

    Damul is technology savvy as it has always been active rationalizing its technological applications. The company has recently set up a series of milk coolers and chilling centers in the areas covered by it.

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  • South’s first fodder cake unit ready

    District’s fodder problem to be solved, plan to produce 12 tonnes every day

    The farmers of the district have a reason to cheer as the first fodder cake manufacturing unit in South India, being constructed near Manachanahalli-Kalanahalli, will start functioning in a couple of months.

    The unit is being constructed with an objective to prevent wastage and also produce dry fodder with byproducts that are available aplenty in the district.

    The establishment of the unit will encourage farmers, who had stopped rearing of cattle as they could not afford it due to rising fodder prices.

    The dry fodder cake technology is used in North India. Cattle rearers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh use such cakes.

    Boost dairy farming

    The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) decided to set up a dry fodder cake production unit in the state to boost dairy farming. Such units were sanctioned for Chamarajanagar, Shimoga and Haveri districts.

    The Mysore-Chamarajanagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Federation (Mymul), using the Rs one crore grant under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas project, has set up the unit at Chamarajanagar well before other districts.

    Mymul has purchased five acres of land for the purpose. More than 50 per cent of equipment have arrived and the remaining are expected in a week.
    Production method
    Hay from paddy, ragi and jowar will be cut into half inch size pieces and mixed with grains, husk, salt, etc. It is made into fodder cakes after processing.

    Initially, there is a plan to produce 12 tonnes of cakes, with each weighing eight to 10 kg, per day.

    As hay and fodder are utilised to make cakes, it would be a balanced food for the cattle.

    It would help in increasing milk production and also fat content in the milk, said Mymul managing director Suresh Babu.

    Preparations are on to float tenders to supply hay and raw materials. The price of the cakes will be decided later. The cakes will be sold to farmers in the district in a couple of months, he added.
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    A small brand from an obscure town is competing with cola giants for shelf space

    In the non-descript town of Narimogeru in Puttur taluk may lie some competition in the country to worldwide recognised brands of Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

    In hardly 10 years, Bindu, the beverages arm of Shankar Group, has expanded from manufacturing bottled water to soda products. Its proprietors claim the brand to be the third biggest in South India after the cola giants.

    The company manufactures myriad varieties of Indianised cola products such as Jeera and Ginger cola.

    Satish Shankar, Managing Director of the group, said the rural and semi-urban markets had responded well and sales in urban markets were picking up.

    The origins of the cola brand surprisingly comes from a single autorickshaw that Mr. Shankar bought through a bank loan immediately after his pre-university education.

    A year later, he sold the autorickshaw to buy a car. In 1987, the sturdy Ambassador gave way to an automobile garage, then a tyre dealership, then in 1994 an automobile finance company.

    With a little money in hand, he capitalised on a water source found in his father’s 50-acre farm land.

    “The water from the stream was tested, and was found to be pure enough to bottle it,” he said.

    And so, in 2000, manufacture and sales of Bindu started. The brand took strength after the production of Fizz Jeera Masala and Zing Ginger in 2002. Mr. Shankar said the idea of the unconventional drinks came after a trip to North India. “After tasting Jaljeera, I decided to experiment and carbonate it. I don’t think anyone had attempted this on a large-scale before,” he said.

    Initially, the company found the going difficult. “A lot of cases were returned initially. Shopkeepers told us no one was interested in Jeera cola. We had no capital for advertising, had to rely on word-of-mouth publicity. We had to coerce shoppers to taste the cola for free,” he said.

    The strategy clicked, and slowly the demand for the unconventional colas increased. Soon, these colas spurred imitators and competitors.

    From a team of around eight people a decade ago, with an annual turnover of Rs. 35 lakh, Mr. Shankar and his wife Ranjitha Shankar saw their company grow to be worth around Rs. 150 crore, employing around 250 people.

    The company aims at touching Rs. 1,000 crore in the next five years — including fruit juices, apple fizz, and snacks segments — making it a brand to reckon with.


    Punarpuli or Kokum remains at the heart of Dakshina Kannada’s culinary tradition, especially during hot, sweltering summers. However, surprisingly, the fruit, which is grown along the Konkan coast of the Western Ghats, has yet to find a brand to capitalise.

    “Demand is high during summers, but the availability is relatively low. However, demand is seasonal, and since the cultivation is not strengthened, it has not been manufactured in a large-scale,” said David D’Souza, a vegetable merchant in the city and one of the speakers at the National Seminar on Kokum organised by Western Ghats Kokum Foundation last year.

    Calling it “healthy, nutritious and with a unique, natural taste”, he said Kokum was primarily being used by cottage industries for its ease in making low shelf life juices.

    Similarly, small brands such as Zaffa and Joy have found its niche in the small shops of the city and in the town across the district. Offering the usual set of products, which mimic the taste offered by the bigger brands, Mangalore-based Joy and Zaffa Soft Drinks have capitalised on places that have been hitherto untouched by the branding blitz of Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

    Unlike Bindu, Zaffa is available in glass bottles, which have served to increase its popularity in bakeries and small stalls across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

    Wow, wish that Mr. Shankar comes up with soft-drinks and juices using local varieties like kokum, jackfruit, etc.
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 15 years
  • Nandini milk products available in 100 gm too!

    Mysore Pak and Cashew burfi to be available in smaller packs

    Mysore- Chamarajanagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Associations Federation launched 100 grams pack of Nandini milk products on Monday.

    Karnataka Housing Board chairman G T Devegowda and Mysore- Chamarajanagar District Cooperative Bank president C Basavegowda launched 100 gms small packs of Mysore pak and cashew burfi.

    Mymul executive director Suresh Babu said, the small packs has more demand by public. They were released in market on experimental basis since three months, which gained success.

    Many measures are taken to encourage milk producers. Children of milk producers who have topped PUC examinations are given talent awards. Those pursuing medical courses are given Rs 20,000 scholarship.

    It would cost Rs 1,200 for anyone including milk producers for kidney dialysis. However, in an agreement, the federation has donated dialysis equipment to Kaveri hospital and Riverview hospital to facilitate milk producers to obtain the facility at a lower cost of just Rs 600.

    District cooperative union president H V Rajeev, Karnataka Milk Federation nominated director S C Ashok, Mymul president C Omprakash, director K Umashankar, T A Rajegowda, H S Basavaraju, Vimala Shankar, Shivanandaswamy, Mahadevappa, K G Mahesh, S Mahadevaswamy and others were present.

    Advertising posters of Nandini milk products were also released on occasion. Later equipments at Kaveri hospital and Riverview hospital were launched.
    - s.yogendra, in 15 years

    Agricultural policy making, with few exceptions, rarely extends beyond distribution of inputs and crop management. Marketing of the produce has never received the attention that it deserved — maybe years of subsistence agriculture and insufficient production never brought issues in agricultural marketing to the fore.
    Compulsion to sell only in regulated market yards, limited infrastructure, a market loaded against the producer and a host of other restrictions characterise agricultural markets in India today.
    Marketing of agricultural produce has two prerequisites — getting the produce from the farm to the market and participating in the selling process in the market. The producer faces an inherent disadvantage on both these counts. While the former entails initial expenditure compelling a sale on that very day, the latter in an alien setting places him at an inherent disadvantage.
    The much maligned buyer in the regulated market has his own set of complaints — uncleaned and non-standard material being brought for sale is the most cited one. And this, from the buyer's viewpoint is the justification for the lower price offered and the discounts in weighing.
    Twin issues

    A fair market has to address these twin issues to make the process equitable to both participants. And designing such market structure, without alienating any section of participants is critical to any market intervention effort.
    Gulbarga — a mid-size town in south India was the experiment ground for a new market structure. The area around the town is the bowl for redgram, a variety of pulses in India and the regulated market here is the place where the produce is sold traditionally by farmers in the area.
    What distinguished this location for experimenting a market intervention was the strong presence of MYRADA, a woman focused voluntary agency, having presence for over three decades.
    The experiment two years ago attempted to address the concerns of both the parties to the sale — the farmer and the commission agent or trader — to create a sense of fairplay.
    Getting the produce from the farm to the market is a cost-intensive irreversible activity that invariably ends up in a sale. Avoiding or minimising this movement by storing the produce in warehouses and exposing standard lots to a competitive electronic auction could give an extra return to the farmer. Storing has an inherent weakness - the inability of the farmer to hold on to the produce. There comes a day when his desperation and need overcome the hope of a better price.
    Funding the produce for an interim period to overcome the immediate need is critical and banks stepped in to meet this requirement.
    Sampling, assaying and grading is sine quo non for such a changed process to be successful. With persuasion, buyers agreed to participate when assured that graded produce would be brought up for auction. And the seller was educated to agree to grading, as that improved the chances of realising a better price.
    While menfolk remained sceptical of the intervention, the woman of the house persuaded by MYRADA carried the message home and soon, a few early converts wanted to try out the alternative market.
    A part of the selling process — albeit an important one — now addressed, the focus shifted to drawing up standards for grading and mounting an intensive education campaign for organising farmers into groups for economic lot creation and gaining the confidence of both sections of participants for the electronic auction process.
    The impact of the well-designed intervention was revealing. The cost of reaching the selling stage in the intervened areas was a quarter of the cost in the traditional areas. And graded lots fetched a better rate in the auction. A proper weighing system also contributed to a better realisation. All factors added up to an increase in realisation of 4-10 per cent over the normal sale process.
    The downside of the intervention — two interrelated features — one, the expectation for a better price getting over rationality and a few farmers getting exposed to falling market prices and second the lack of means to protect the producer from the slide in prices.
    An improved market structure could provide this safety net in a large market setting, but scaling up to reach there is the challenge.
    And should this remain an experiment, limited to prove a point, only to be discussed in conferences? Here it transcended the experiment phase and led to an improved transparent auction market in the main regulated market yard. Grading was initially not a part in this market setting, but increased transparency through an electronic auction became the norm. And reaching out to grade the produce is not a difficult task.
    Intermediation in any market is critical and cannot be eliminated; the key is to make it efficient. One section need not lose for the other side to gain; what is critical is a market fair to both the parties. If only policy makers can participate in and conceive a proper market design!
    - sunil.kulkarni, in 15 years
  • Monday, August 13, 2012 08:00 IST
    Our Bureau, Bengaluru

    The Karnataka horticulture department is now looking at ways to ensure prevention of wastage of jackfruit. In this regard, it will look at food processing companies to develop value-added export products.

    According to S A Ravindranath, minister for horticulture and sugar, Government of Karnataka, horticulture/ agriculture department along with farmers groups have to initiate work in identifying and developing district level gene-pools that can produce grafts of jackfruit trees that give excellent fruits in different seasons.

    Further, S V Hittalmani, additional director, horticulture (fruits), Government of Karnataka, pointed out that the state had been conducting jackfruit mela to provide farmers and consumers an opportunity to maximise benefits of the fruit.

    "Jackfruit is considered as common man's fruit. In fact, it was this fruit which helped poor to quench their hunger. There is a need to understand the value of jackfruit," he added.

    Explaining further, at a Horticulture Day celebration organised here recently, Shree Padre, an advocator of crop protection, stated, "Jackfruit, often perceived to be an inferior crop, could be the state's next major export. The fruit, if processed properly, has the potential to earn the state a lot of revenue."

    Padre also highlighted the various initiatives taken across the world in exploiting commercial value of the fruit. The edible parts removed from the whole fruit are being packed and marketed locally.

    "The horticulture department needs to further popularise the crop despite jackfruit's disadvantage of strong scent, size and processing difficulty. But, adoption of modern technology can give it a push," stated Padre, who has been driving the importance of the fruit to the public.

    "The objective of promoting jackfruit is to get an understanding of its wide varieties, and creating a process for documentation, germplasm collection and propagation. "Grafting of the selected trees needs to be done and it will ensure that good varieties of seedlings are made available to farmers during the rainy season," stated Padre.

    Meanwhile, Karnataka has taken up several initiatives like sessions on demonstration of value-added products from jackfruit, 'Importance of jackfruit' and 'Need for constituting jackfruit growers association' at the jackfruit expos organised annually.

    Efforts are also on to help increase the consumption of the fruit as jackfruit farmers across the state have focussed on ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook edible parts, along with marketing the entire fruit. Marketing efforts are also on to ensure that the fruit is acceptable in non-jackfruit-growing states.

    The Zilla Panchayat is also preparing Agri Vision 2025 to promote agriculture in the district. The Agri Vision is being prepared with the recommendations of the farmers' representatives from University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) and Indian Institute of Horticulture Research. It aims at developing agriculture and its allied sectors and jackfruit is one of the focus areas for development. UAS is also on the lookout for industry partners to transfer the technological know-how of processed jackfruit products. (
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  • Bangalore, Aug 25, 2012, DHNS

    Agritech India – 2012, an agri business exhibition, is back in Bangalore for the fourth time, bringing together all the agrarian business stakeholders under one umbrella.

    The three-day event, being held from August 25 to 27 at the Palace Grounds will see participation from 300 companies from 20 countries. Countries like the Netherlands, Nepal and Turkey will be partners at the convention.

    JD(S) leader and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda inaugurated the convention on Saturday.

    It will cover all facets of agriculture and offer an insight into farm mechanisation, pre and post-harvest management of food crops, food processing, marketing and retailing.
    The primary focus of the event is to help farmers, especially those facing “unpredictable weather and unprofessional market situations,” said officials.

    The convention also hopes to find solutions to turn these farmers into rural entrepreneurs by giving them means to adopt the latest technology, to compete in the global markets.


    The government of Netherlands, which has signed a pact with Karnataka to promote horticulture, will partner with the State in food processing, dairy and meat processing.
    Henk Van Duij, the Councillor for Agriculture at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Delhi, said that food security is a challenge faced by most countries, and that there is a need for global efforts to overlap when it comes to increasing production.

    Deve Gowda rued that the fragmentation of land and labour shortage were major problems which affect scores of poor and marginalised farmers across the country. He said nearly 79 per cent farmers in Karnataka had less than 1.25 ha of land.

    Gowda also revealed that a strong lobby currently prevents the import of potato seeds from the Netherlands.

    “Karnataka farmers are struggling with poor quality potato seeds. The situation can be
    reversed if India is allowed to import the seeds from the Netherlands. However, my attempts to enable this have remained unsuccessful, because the lobby is too strong,” he said.

    Gowda also added that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was not “getting support” to change policy.

    “Unproductive programmes and wasteful expenditure have prevented the country from reaching its full agricultural potential,” he said and added that mechanisation was not the only answer to successful farming.

    “I can, however, understand the introduction of contract farming. It has become necessary if a farmer needs to lead a dignified life. I will not discourage this concept,” he said.

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  • KPR Mill to diversify

    Coimbatore-based textile company KPR Mill will commission a sugar unit in Karnataka next month.

    KPR Mill has textile spinning mills and fabric processing and garment units in Tamil Nadu. It exported almost 45 per cent of the yarn and 100 per cent of the garments it produced. The focus of the sugar unit, however, would be on the domestic market.

    Rs.300 cr investment

    C.R. Anandakrishnan, its Executive Director, told The Hindu on Thursday that the sugar mill would be a fully-owned subsidiary of KPR Mill. The company had invested Rs. 300 crore, excluding the land cost, in the sugar mill that would have 5,000 tonnes of cane crushing capacity a day.

    Co-generation facility

    The unit would also have a 30-MW co-generation facility. Nearly eight MW would be for captive use of the sugar plant, which would be commissioned on October 3 in Bijapur district.

    KPR Mill had 3.5 lakh spindles, in-house garment manufacturing capacity for one lakh pieces a day, and fabric processing capacity of 23 tonnes a day.

    The company already had 62 MW installed wind energy capacity.

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  • Sugar factory gets funds

    BELGAUM: The Markandeya Cooperative Sugar Factory at Kakati near Belgaum has got Rs 22.43 crore from the National Cooperative Development Corporation to resume construction work, which had stopped 10 years ago.

    NCDC has already released Rs 7.48 crore and has said that an additional Rs 8.49 crore will be raised from capital shareholders. The factory is situated on 112 acres leased forest land. Briefing reporters on Wednesday, chairman Avinash Potadar said "because of sudden increase in the machinery costs we needed additional Rs 22 crore," he said.

    If all goes well, sugarcane crushing will begin in March 2013. There are 8,000 shareholders in the factory, in which 30% paid partial share amount of Rs 1,025 and 70% people paid Rs 2,050 against the full share amount of Rs 4,055. Potadar called on all shareholders to pay rest amount, which could help the factory get off its feet.

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  • Tata Coffee set to storm into Starbucks roasteries group

    To be one among the seven highly specialised coffee roasteries globally

    Tata Coffee, the Bangalore-based publicly-held coffee bean supplier, is set to storm into the closely-knit roasteries group of Starbucks. Starbucks has just six roasteries (five in the United States and one in Amsterdam) which supply to a massive network of 17,000 Starbucks cafes across the world, and the roastery set up by Tata Coffee, at Coorg in the pristine Western Ghats in Karnataka, will be the next to that group.

    “The technology used in the roasteries for Starbucks is closely held and our roastery has been set up directly under Starbucks’ technical overview. The 375-tonne roastery was set up with an investment of close to Rs 4 crore and will supply to the Starbucks cafes in India. Next on the agenda is to slowly start supplying to the cafes in South Asia and eventually graduate to supply to various other global cafes for Starbucks,” a senior management official of Tata Coffee told Business Standard. This is in line with the stated agenda that the Indian Espresso Roast will be a hallmark feature of all Starbucks stores in the market and highlights the quality espresso available in India. As part of the agreement, Starbucks and Tata Coffee Limited will work toward developing and improving the profile of Indian-grown arabica coffees around the world by elevating the stature of Indian coffee. "However, it will be a while before Tata Coffee gets its place at mature global markets where Starbucks is present as the processes are being fine-tuned to match with the exacting standards," the official of Tata Coffee added.

    According to information available, Starbucks decided on the roastery with Tata Coffee after a series of rigorous checks on the various parameters at the Kushalnagar plant in Coorg. An indication on the kind of ground work Starbucks does is visible in this fact when it scouted for its first roastery outside of the United States in Europe. “In the late 90s, when Starbucks considered its ambitious expansion plans for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company spent close to three years looking at various sites across Europe before they chose Amsterdam in the Netherlands for their first roastery outside the United States,” a Netherlands Government statement highlighted.

    Ever since, Starbucks and Tata Coffee announced the pact during late January 2012, the stock of Tata Coffee has so far gained 23 per cent on the hope that there will be substantial uptake in volumes from Starbucks. The global major in coffee retailing bought over 428 million pounds of coffee in fiscal 2011 and it paid an average price of $2.38 per pound for premium green (unroasted) coffee in 2011 – up from $1.56 per pound in 2010.

    Tata Coffee, a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages, has been betting big on instant and specialty coffee to differentiate in the marketplace and is also the third largest exporter of instant coffee from India. Tata Coffee produces more than 10,000 metric tonnes of shade grown Arabica and Robusta coffees at its 19 estates in South India and its two Instant Coffee manufacturing facilities have a combined installed capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes. It exports green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America.

    Tata Coffee for the second quarter of Fy13 has reported a healthy 109 per cent growth in its second quarter net profit to Rs 36.8 crore as compared to corresponding previous quarter riding on good growth in its instant coffee division and a sharp turnaround in its global subsidiary Eight O' Clock Coffee. Total income at Rs 477 crore for the quarter was up 15 per cent.

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  • ‘Rabi crops doing well but they require rain’ (

    “The rabi crops are good; but they still require rain. It is difficult to make an exact assessment of the loss due to drought during the kharif season,” Bharat Lal Meena, principal secretary, Agriculture Department, has said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on “Enhancing food safety in food retail chains” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Tuesday, he said that the department was better prepared for rabi after the losses during kharif.

    “During kharif, sowing was not taken up in 10 lakh hectares due to deficiency in rain. The same is the case with rabi as well as agriculture is heavily rain dependent,” he said.

    He said that the government was pushing an integrated farming initiative of the University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore, in Doddaballapur.


    “More than 200 farmers near Doddaballapur have formed a society and are getting technical support from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra. They have also tied up with the milk society and use the (milk society’s) network to transport their produce such as fruits and vegetables to the markets. The money realised from the sale is transferred to the farmers,” he said.

    The same model has been adopted by these farmers for bio fuel. The farmers also buy back the oil cake which is used as an organic fertilizer, which also acts like an insecticide. Mr. Meena added that the department would soon give away farming equipment worth up to Rs. 10 lakh to farmers’ societies. “The idea is that these societies can later rent out the equipment to farmers. This will specially help the small and marginal farmers. We are in the process of identifying active farmers’ societies,” he said.

    To begin with, around 500 societies will be given the equipment. This will later be extended to at least one society in each of the 747 hoblis in the State.He said that setting up of an agri-business region in Bagalkot by a private group has been accorded approval by the government’s single window agency. This will cover all sectors of agri-business, including storage, cold chain and processing.

    “Around 2,000 acres of land has been identified by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. The group requires over 5,000 acres in four locations. The government has asked the group to set it up first in Bagalkot. The project investment will be around Rs. 10,000 crore,” he said.
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  • KSHD Invites tender for the work of

    Appointment of Consultants for providing consultancy services in designing, estimating, e-Tender processing and project monitoring for Construction of Cold Chain Facilities for Horticulture commodities at Kolar, Mysore, Haveri and Bijapur Districts of Karnataka

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    Office Telephone Number : 91-80-26573391
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    Amount of Earnest Money Deposit (INR) 125000
    Tender Processing Fee 5000
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    Last Date & Time for receipt of tenders 23/11/2012 16:00:00
    Date & Time for Opening of Technical Bid 26/11/2012 16:30:00
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    ‘It will increase production to 21,600 tonnes a year soon’

    Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Society Ltd. (Campco) is all set to increase the total production capacity of its chocolate factory in Puttur from 18,000 tonnes a year to 21,600 tonnes a year in the next four months.

    It will commission a new 3,600-tonne capacity bulk chocolate manufacturing line (machinery) at the factory by March next at an estimated cost of Rs. 21 crore. The state of the art machinery from Italy reached the factory on Tuesday, Managing Director of Campco M. Suresh Bhandary told The Hindu.

    Mr. Bhandary said that setting up of the new machinery would enhance the total production capacity of the factory to 21,600 tonnes a year. It would manufacture industrial chocolates in bulk quantity. There was a need for the new line as demand for industrial chocolates was increasing.

    He said that Campco and Lotte Confectionery Co. Ltd. recently entered into an agreement for manufacturing éclairs (a variety of chocolates) for the latter. Accordingly, the production had commenced. “We have dispatched the first consignment of éclairs,” Mr. Bhandary said. As per the agreement for two years, Campco would produce 2,000 tons of éclairs per annum for the company.

    The factory had been manufacturing industrial chocolates for Lotte since three years (100 tonnes a month). In addition to Lotte, Campco was manufacturing chocolates for Nestle and KMF, and Milma of Kerala. It was processing cocoa beans for Cadbury India Ltd., he said.

    Mr. Bhandary said Campco would release a “milk chocolate”, which was yet to be named, either next month-end or the first week of January 2013. “This premium chocolate will be priced at Rs. 20 per bar. It will be a pure chocolate with cocoa butter and cocoa mass and will not have any artificial substitutes,” he said. It would be the 25th cocoa-based product of the cooperative, he said.

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  • KMF on aggressive mode to step up milk sales, outlet expansion efforts

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 08:00 IST
    Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru

    Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) is now working to step up the sale of milk in the market following its record procurement of 52 lakh litre of milk per day. The milk glut in the state has led KMF step up its market expansion efforts as well.

    “In this regard, the milk major has mooted a strategy to where milk agents are being paid Rs 2 per litre as an incentive for a targeted sale in Bangalore city and Re 1 per litre in other markets. There are also efforts to open up new outlets to vend milk and work towards the implementation of the government welfare scheme,” said Harsh Gupta, managing director, KMF.

    The federation has also taken to release an expression of interest advertisement in the media to explore the possibility of selling milk in bulk. To begin with the district unions of Belgaum, Kolar and Tumkur would sell Nandini Milk in sachets in the neighbouring states. Efforts are on to open walk in cold stores, provide chest coolers to retailers in districts and taluks ensuring the availability of milk throughout the day via bakeries and small outlets.

    In order to meet the requirement of high fat milk segment, sold under the brand Samurudhi or the full cream version with 6 per cent fat and 9 per cent SNF (solid not fat) has been launched across the state which has resulted in additional sale of 24,000 litre per day.

    In order to improve the thickness and taste of curd, the content of SNF has been restored from 8.5 per cent to 9 per cent without altering the selling price. Efforts are made to identify exclusive milk parlours via franchise route at strategic locations of public transport hubs and government offices, informed the KMF managing director.

    There is also a new UHT (ultra high temperature) plant commissioned at Kumabalgod in Mandya district for production of Goodlife brand to augur an additional one lakh litre milk per day. Currently, 2.5 lakh litre of UHT milk is being manufactured by the milk unions at Kolar and Channarayapatna in Hassan district.

    “The accumulation of surplus stock of skimmed milk powder (SMP) came about with the ban of the export of milk products which led to simultaneous order to import SMP. These rebounded in a domestic milk output after a post-2009 dip. This led us to dispose 2000 million tones of old SMP produced during January to April 2012. Now new SMP bulk buyers are being identified,” said Gupta.

    Spelling out the action, KMF chairman G Somesekar Reddy said that the state government has given a helping hand to dispose the SMP by subsidising 50 per cent of the loss accrued due to fall in the prices. Reprocessing charges of the old stocks of SMP are also being reimbursed.
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  • Bannari Amman's commences construction work for 375 cr Chowdahalli Greenfield Sugar Plant project

    Construction work in progress for Bannari Amman's Modhalli Sugar Mill Expansion Project

    Phase-I of Bhalkeshwar Sugar's Bajolaga Sugar Plant Project to be commissioned by March 2013

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  • Cargill to invest Rs. 500 crore in India

    New Delhi: US-based agri-food giant Cargill will invest about Rs. 400 crore to set up a corn milling plant in Karnataka, and another Rs. 100 crore on expansion of capacity of existing edible oil plants, the chairman of its India unit said today.

    Cargill India, a Rs. 9,000 crore company and part of nearly $134 billion global group, sells edible oils under Nature Fresh, Sweekar, Gemini, Rath and Sunflower Vanaspati brands.

    The company is also planning to expand refining capacity of its three existing edible oil plants in India with an investment of about Rs. 100 crore.

    "We are in the process of establishing a corn milling plant in Karnataka with an investment of around Rs. 400 crore. The capacity will be 800-1,000 tonnes per day. It will be our single largest investment in India," Cargill India chairman Siraj A Chaudhry told reporters.

    The proposed plant will produce modified starch for the consuming processed food and pharma industries. The company is scouting for land at Davangere in Karnataka for setting up the plant, Mr Chaudhry said, adding that the facility is expected to commence operations by 3rd quarter of 2014.

    On edible oil business, which contributes more than half of its revenue, he said the company would increase the refining capacity by 1,000 tonnes per day at a cost of about Rs. 100 crore.

    "The total investment of Rs. 500 crore will be funded through internal accruals," he added.

    Cargill India is also re-entering into branded wheat flour business with 'Nature Fresh' Brand and is also looking at other food commodities like rice and pulses. Mr Chaudhry also said that the company is looking at more acquisitions in edible oil and wheat flour sectors. Earlier this month, Cargill announced that it has

    acquired Wipro's flagship brand Sunflower Vanaspati. The acquisition expands its existing portfolio of edible oil and vanaspati brands and also increases its market reach in India's palm oil and its derivatives and vanaspati market.

    The company has 3 edible oil refining facilities in India based in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Odisha with a capacity of 4,000 tonnes per day. It also has 7 animal feed manufacturing units in the country.

    Cargill is engaged in processing, refining and marketing imported and indigenous vegetable oils. That apart, it supplies food ingredients to manufacturers and food service industry, process, store, trade and markets farm commodities like grains, oilseeds, sugar and cotton, among other businesses.

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  • B.S. Satish Kumar

    Foundation laid for Centre of Excellence for Processing and Value Addition of Small Millets

    How about having pasta, vermicelli, flakes, doughnuts, cup cakes, ‘muruku’ and bread made of minor millets such as ragi, foxtail (navane), pearl millet (sajje), little millet (saame) and sorghum?

    Well, these products developed by the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore as ‘health food’ are already in huge demand in the market though they are still being produced in a very small way by some handful of entrepreneurs.

    Gone are the days when urban residents looked down upon minor millets such as ragi, navane, etc.

    Their high-nutritional value, positive impact on health and the fact that they are drought-resistant crops have made agricultural scientists and policy makers in the country to draw up big plans to bring these under-utilised crops back into the food baskets of people, especially urban residents.

    In a strategic manner, they are now trying to offer these high-nutrient millets in the form of foods which are popular in urban areas such as pasta, flakes and vermicelli in a bid to attract young people, rather than the conventional rural foods being made from these millets for ages.

    In fact, the Union Department of Agriculture and Co-operation is keen on promoting these minor millets — which are mostly grown in parts of southern India — across the country.

    It has drawn up a Rs. 300-crore scheme to popularise these ‘nutri-cereals’ as well as their value-addition.

    The UAS-B will play a key role in this exercise as the above scheme has provided a Centre of Excellence for Processing and Value Addition of Small Millets to it.

    While the Centre has already commenced its work, a foundation stone was laid for providing a separate building to it on the vniversity campus on Wednesday by Atanu Purkayastha, Joint Secretary, Union Department of Agriculture and Co-operation.

    A two-day workshop on millets too has been organised on the occasion to highlight the importance of minor millets as food crops.

    Mr. Purkayastha said the production of minor millets had increased by about 20 per cent in the regions where the above scheme to popularise them had been taken up.

    UAS-B Vice-Chancellor K. Narayana Gowda said that it had become inevitable for the country to tap the potential of minor millets as foodgrains in the wake of the production of the country’s major food crops of rice and wheat reaching a plateau at a crucial time when the demand for food was shooting up.

    He stressed the need for value addition of minor millets. Mr. Gowda suggested that rural women should be encouraged to take up the processing, value addition and marketing of the produce made of minor millets.

    The Centre for Excellence Principal scientist V. Palanimuthu told The Hindu that the Centre would focus on development of farm machinery, refinement of existing technologies, entrepreneurship development, training and facilitation of market linkages between processors and producers.

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  • Gujarat Ambuja Exports up 1% on production commencement

    Gujarat Ambuja Exports rose 0.97 percent to close at Rs 26 amid large volumes on the Bombay Stock Exchange after commencement of commercial production of maize processing unit in the state of Karnataka.

    The company in its release said it has started trial run production in the month of December, 2012 of its 750 TPD new maize processing, derivatives and other value added products processing Unit in the Haven District in Karnataka.

    Its trading volumes rose 118 percent to 21,219 equity shares as compared to its five day average of 9,723 shares.

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  • Raviprasad Kamila

    A unique feature of the mission is that it offers colleges financial grant of up to Rs. 75 lakh for offering courses in food processing

    The Dakshina Kannada District Food Processing Mission has come into force under the Union government’s National Mission on Food Processing. A unique feature of the mission is that it offers colleges financial grant of up to Rs. 75 lakh for offering courses in food processing and setting up food processing units on a pilot basis.

    Mune Gowda N., Deputy Director, Department of Horticulture, Dakshina Kannada, and Member-Secretary of the district mission, told The Hindu that the district mission, a 11-member body, came into being recently. It is headed by Deputy Commissioner N. Prakash. The National Mission on Food Processing had come into force under the 12th Plan.

    Mr. Gowda said that colleges or universities would have to submit a project proposal to the district mission to avail the grant. The institutes could offer certificate, diploma, and degree or post-graduate courses on food processing. They could purchase books, e-journals, set up laboratories, and purchase laboratory equipment. The institutes could set up a pilot plant of food processing. The project proposal should encompass all the components.

    He said the government would provide 10 per cent to 20 per cent (with a ceiling of Rs. 75 lakh) of the project cost to the universities after the government approved the project. It would be a one-time grant. Mr. Gowda said an autonomous college in the city had submitted a proposal to the district mission seeking grant as it had proposed to offer a post-graduate course in food processing. He said the mission offered financial grant for entrepreneurs for setting up new food processing units or upgrading the technology of their existing food processing units. The assistance would be up to 25 per cent of the project cost with a maximum ceiling of Rs. 50 lakh. It provided 50 per cent assistance of the project cost with a maximum ceiling of Rs. 10 crore for setting up cold storage units, value addition units, and to purchase refrigerated vans which support supply chain development.

    The non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or any other identified institutes or bodies which promoted food processing activities through seminars, workshops, training programmes, exhibitions, and tours could avail from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh. There would be a one-year follow up of the activities of the beneficiary institutes or bodies. For example, if an institute trained 20 candidates in food processing, how many of them had ventured into food processing would be monitored for one year. He said that in addition to horticulture produce, the food processing activities applied to fish, meat, and dairying.

    Mr. Gowda said as the financial year 2012-13 would end in three months, the mission now would focus on promotional activities for the remaining months in the district.

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  • B. S. Satish Kumar

    Pushpavathi might not have a professional degree, but this has not stopped her from becoming a successful entrepreneur. Ms. Pushpavathi, who has studied only till SSLC, now offers coaching to highly educated people on entrepreneurship.

    What is interesting is that products made from nutritious minor millets such as ragi have given a new economic and social status to Ms. Pushpavathi, who hails from Jigani, near Anekal. Ms. Pushpavathi underwent training in the Bakery Training Unit and Value Addition Centre of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, on production and marketing of these products, apart from attending a course on marketing in the Canara Bank Training Institute.

    Direct marketing

    “I make ragi products such as malt, hurihittu, composite flour, energy food, papad and plain ragi flour with the help of six people in my house in Jigani,” says Ms. Pushpavathi. She does direct marketing of these products as it helps her make more profit. She also supplies a small quantity of these products to the nearby shops. “I make a turnover of about Rs. 2 lakh a month, resulting in a profit of about Rs. 40,000. I want to scale up this home production into a big factory by employing an additional 10 persons in the near future,” she says.

    Wide range of products

    She is not the only woman entrepreneur who is depending on minor millets for a living. Vijayalakshmi of Anandnagar, near Hebbal, underwent two training programmes offered by the UAS-B’s bakery centre, before turning into an entrepreneur. A science graduate, Ms. Vijayalakshmi has been preparing and marketing products made from ragi and navane (foxtail millet), including ragi malt, millet barfi, ready-to-cook food products and food for diabetics under the brand name Millet House. She manages her 18-month-old production house with the help of two persons.

    Her products have started finding place in stores in her neighbourhood. She sells about 500 kg of various products a month and makes a turnover of about Rs. 30,000–Rs. 40,000. She has chalked out an ambitious plan to touch a turnover of Rs. 5 lakh a month.

    Another person in this league is Jyothi Mahipal, who has already shot to fame with her millet brand Vaathsalya. “I learnt about these products from the UAS-B’s bakery centre, basically to cook new and healthy food for my family. But after coming to know about their importance in terms of nutrients, I decided to take a plunge into this as an entrepreneur,” she says. She prepares a wide range of products from all minor millets.

    The hallmark of the products being made by these three women entrepreneurs is quality of nutrients and neat packaging. The food products are being made scientifically like any other branded company, by setting up all the required machinery right from the processing level.

    Usha Ravindra, associate professor of the UAS-B’s Department of Food Science and Nutrition who is one of the faculty members helping women to become entrepreneurs by providing them professional training, notes that nearly 25 women have made it big in the millet sector after undergoing the university’s training.

    ‘Covers all aspects’

    “Our training covers all aspects, right from procurement of raw materials to processing, quality testing, economies of production, book-keeping, packing and advertisements besides helping them to get market linkages,” she said.

    According to her, awareness about the nutritional aspects of minor millets was slowly growing among health-conscious urban people, resulting in an increase in demand for these products.
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  • Karnataka mulls fair price depot licences to women SHGs !!

    Karnataka government is contemplating to allot fair price depot licences to women self-help groups (SHGs) against the backdrop of malpractices in distribution of foodgrains meant for BPL families, Food and Civil Supplies Minister D N Jeevaraj said today.
    Complaints of malpractices by existing licence holders have come in from the districts of Davanagere, Kodagu, Chikkaballapur, Chamarajnagar, Bangalore Urban among others, he told reporters here.

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  • Agricultural scientists in north Karnataka have developed a new variety of Bengal gram that can be harvested mechanically. The efficacy of this new variety of Bengal gram (GBM-2), which is under trial in fields at Martur village in Gulbarga taluk, was exhibited to farmers and agricultural scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad during a field visit organised by the Agriculture Research Station (ARS) in Gulbarga city on Friday.

    Principal scientist at ARS D.M. Mannur, who briefed farmers and scientists, said the new variety grew one-and-a-half times higher than the traditional variety.
    Dr. Mannur, who headed the team that developed the new variety, said unlike the traditional one, the new variety was non-lodging (which stands erect) and the pods did not spread to the ground since the stem was much stronger.

    He said the new variety was likely to be released for commercial production next season. With the new variety giving scope for mechanical harvesting, production of Bengal gram was likely to increase, he added.
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  • Wine policy fortifies manufacturers

    But despite demand, it’s still the blues for Bangalore Blue growers

    Grape wines from the wineries of Karnataka may not be doing well, but makers of fortified wine, brewed from the famed Bangalore Blue grapes, report having almost doubled their sale following changes wrought in Karnataka’s Wine Policy last year. Not only that, demand for the fruit has gone up though farmers’ leaders claim that the spike has had no impact on the price.

    The State government, in April 2012, recognised fortified wine made from Bangalore Blue as wine under the policy, which, industry sources say, resulted in increased sales. Prior to that, fortified wines, governed by excise rules, were only sold in liquor shops. Now you can get them outside these premises.

    What is fortified wine?

    Fortified wine is distinguished from fruit wine for having additional spirit added along with the alcohol derived from the fruits.

    Heritage Wines managing director P.L. Venkatarama Reddy told The Hindu the total sale of fortified wines almost doubled since the change in State policy last year.

    “Earlier, a total of around 18,000 cases (each case has 12 bottles or a total of nine litres) was sold a month. It is now 35,000,” Mr. Reddy said.

    This comes as the pure grape wine industry in Karnataka reported a decline by nearly 10 per cent over last year.

    Cost is also a factor, industry sources said, and added that a bottle of fortified is available for as little as Rs. 100 while grape wine price starts at around Rs. 300.

    Manufacturers now sell fortified wine produced from Bangalore Blue grapes in wine boutiques/ taverns, which was not so earlier.

    Karnataka Grape Growers Association director P. Venugopal acknowledged the increase in demand for Bangalore Blue from the wine industry but lamented that farmers were still not getting good price for the produce. “While demand is more, cost has not gone up [appreciably].”

    He attributed the increased output to expansion in area under cultivation too, particularly as Bangalore Blue yields two crops annually.

    However, L. Narayanaswamy, a grape grower in Doddamaralli in Chickaballpur, said: “Wine industry is only one of the end-users. Blue grapes are also sought by the spirit industry. The government should promote this grape variety to help farmers.”

    The average price of Bangalore Blue has been high (average Rs. 15 a kg at farm gate) this year, he said, though the current price is Rs. 8.

    Bangalore’s own fruit

    Exclusive to Chickballapur, Kolar, Bangalore Urban and Rural districts that fall in the Nandi valley, Bangalore Blue is grown mostly by small and medium farmers numbering around 15,000 in a tleast 13,000 acres.

    Incidentally, the Horticulture Department has applied for the Geographical Indications (GI) tag for Bangalore Blue.

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  • Vishwaraj Sugar plans Rs 425 crore expansion, IPO in Feb-March

    MUMBAI: Karnataka-based Vishwaraj Sugar Industries (VSL) has drawn up Rs 425 crore expansion plans for doubling its production capacity.

    The company plans to hit the capital market in February- March with initial public offer (IPO) to raise up to Rs 374 crore.

    The company has an integrated plant at Belgaum district with a sugarcane crushing capacity of 5,500 tonnes per day, alongwith power and spirits (molasses, ethanol and Indian Made Foreign Liquor) manufacturing facility.

    "Market regulator SEBI has cleared the Draft Red Herring Prospectus and we are planning to launch our IPO in February or March," VSL Executive Director Mukesh Kumar told reporters.

    "We plan to raise up to Rs 374 crore. The company will use the proceeds of the IPO for expansion, which include doubling the cane crushing capacity to 11,000 tonnes crushing per day (TCD) from the present 5,500 TCD," Kumar said, adding that production from the expanded capacity is likely to commence in the 2014-15 sugar season.

    The total expansion cost of the project is pegged at Rs 425 crore, for which the company is also raising Rs 70 crore of long-term debt from the Bank of India.

    Karnataka has taken a lead in sugar production in the country recording a 17 per cent jump by December 2012 as against national growth of 2.5 per cent achieved by the industry.

    The sugar production till end-December 2012 in UP recorded a fall of about 11 per cent and in Maharashtra it was about 4 per cent higher compared to the production during the same period last year, sugar production status report released by the Indian Sugar Mills Association said.

    "Sugarcane cultivation is good in Karnataka and as against earlier fear of drought affecting cane and resultant sugar production has been removed with the state producing 1,550 lakh tonnes, recording a 17 per cent growth till end-December 2012," Kumar said.

    VSL has association with farmers of 49 villages for assured supply of sugarcane. The company would also expand the distillery capacity to 1 lakh litre per day from the current 35,000 litres per day, which would lead to doubling of IMFL production capacity to 5,000 cases a day from the present 2,500 cases a day," Kumar added.

    The company would also utilise part of IPO proceeds to expand its power co-generation capacity to 66 MW from current 36 MW. VSL has signed a power purchase agreement with Tata Power Trading Company to sell 23 MW from its proposed expansion of co-generation capacity.

    At present, the company sells 14 MW to Tata PowerBSE 0.23 % and 7 MW to Hubli Electricity Supply Company under a long-term PPA.

    Vishwaraj Sugar has posted a turnover of Rs 425 crore in the nine months period ended December 2012. It has registered a net profit of Rs 52 crore over a turnover of Rs 425.81 crore during 2011-12 fiscal. "Revenues will be doubled after expansion and will be reflected in FY14," he said.

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  • M.T. Shiva Kumar

    It is part of the fruits and vegetable procurement centre set up at Thubinakere

    With the aim of promoting cultivation of fruit, the Horticultural Producers’ Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society Ltd. (HOPCOMS) has established a state-of-the-art fruit and vegetable procurement centre in Thubinakere industrial area, off Bangalore–Mysore road. The centre includes a fruit ripening unit.

    A.B. Ramesh Babu Bandisidde Gowda, Srirangapatna MLA, inaugurated the centre, the district’s first, on Wednesday.

    The storage capacity of the centre is 20 tonnes and it will start functioning soon.

    HOPCOMS has set up the centre at a cost of Rs. 46 lakh, under the State Sector fruits and vegetable preservation scheme and the the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

    “Horticultural farmers can get fruits ripened at the unit here under natural conditions without using any harmful chemicals,” Shantha, Managing Director of HOPCOMS, Mandya, told The Hindu. She said the Thubinakere centre had all infrastructure. It consisted of a cold storage apart from the ripening unit and would have round-the-clock power supply, she added. Another HOPCOMS officer explained that commercial ripening of fruits was usually done using calcium carbide and other chemicals that were hazardous to health. At the Thubinakere unit, ethylene would be used.

    Cultivation in district

    Horticultural crops such as mango, banana, jackfruit and guava were being cultivated on around 79,169 hectares in the district and the annual production of fruits and vegetables was nearly 2.5 lakh tonnes. However, despite this, till now, farmers had been forced to go to procurement centres in Mysore or other districts.

    According to a HOPCOMS official, the centre was a boon for horticultural farmers as many of them were forced to sell their produce on the roadside as they could not afford to transport it to ripening centres in other districts.

    Horticulture Minister S.A. Ravindranath and Forest Minister and Mandya district in charge C.P. Yogeshwar were expected to inaugurate the unit. However, they were not present owing to the political developments in Bangalore.

    * HOPCOMS has set up the centre at a cost of Rs. 46 lakh
    * ‘Fruits will be ripened at the unit without using any harmful chemicals’

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  • Karnataka 11th in milk production (

    Karnataka ranks 11th in overall milk production in the country though the State is the second largest milk producer in the cooperative sector after Gujarat.

    While Amul in Gujarat procures over 1.25 crore kg milk daily, Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) procures on an average 50 lakh kg milk daily.

    According to K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director-General (Agriculture Extension), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Karnataka’s milk production could be increased by adopting good feeding practices. Poor quality of fodder and scarcity of water are the two major reasons for lesser milk production in Karnataka, he told The Hindu here on Thursday on the sidelines of a farmers’ meet.

    Dr. Kokate said the average milk production in Karnataka was below the national average. While the common breed’s productivity was 5.97 kg a day, productivity of indigenous breeds was 2.28 a day and buffalos was 2.59 kg a day as against the national average of 6.63 kg, 2.59 kg and 4.58 kg a day respectively
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  • Food park to come up in Mysore

    The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) plans to set up a food park in Mysore to provide a one-stop solution to food producers and manufacturers, said institute Director Ram Rajsekharan here on Monday.

    The park will provide guidance, undertake analysis of food quality and explore the possibility of helping with licensing, he said at the Food Safety Forum 2013 meet, organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development to create awareness on the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) – 2006. The sessions were on the Act and issues and challenges that the industry faces.

    Working at it

    “We are still working on the modalities of the park, which is expected to come up by the end of this year,” he said, adding that the food standards followed in India were mainly taken from standards set abroad that suit the Caucasian people and not that of Indians.

    “These standards are not suitable for the Indian body structure and has to be changed,” he said.

    The forum, comprising the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) and the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), will conduct seminars and talks for food traders and consumers on food safety issues in the coming days.

    Information, statistics and implementation of the FSSA, cleanliness in small and medium restaurants, safety concerns for mass food preparation units such as Akshya Patra scheme, safety issues for street-food vending, safety issues in the food industry, production of ingredients, dairy, meat and bakery industries, were discussed.

    Measures needed

    Lalitha R. Gowda, Chief Scientist at CFTRI, said: “Because of the immense cultural diversity in the country, there is no one particular kind of food style that is accepted everywhere. Safety is the primary concern because of the changes in food style as a result of globalisation, increase in use of processed food and also an increase in consumer awareness.”

    “Pesticides, toxic materials, drug residues, natural toxicants, additives and added colours are just a few of the invisible issues that cause harm through food materials. So safety measures should be taken not just by the industry but also by farmers and consumers,” she added.

    - engineer.akash, in 18 years
  • Major food industry to come up in Mulbagal: Legislator (

    Mulbagal, Jan 29, 2013, DHNS:

    Considering rise in unemployment in the district, a major food industry will be set up at Mulbagal and London-based entrepreneurs have come forward to establish the industry. Measures have been taken to provide them with suitable site for the firm, said Legislator Amaresh.

    He was speaking at a job fair organised at the Government PU College premises in the town on Monday. Following depletion in groundwater level, irrigation has severely affected. This has led to rise in unemployment in the district. Setting up such industries here will address unemployment issue to an extent, he added.

    He further said that lands have already been identified in the taluk to set up industries and process of transferring lands to these units is already on, he added. At least 4,000 to 5,000 youth will be able to get jobs here, he added.

    The job fair organised by Rajiv Gandhi Seva Trust and Rural Development Institute, Mulbagal and district unit of Kannada Sene Karnataka witnessed a good turn out.

    State Women Congress wing general secretary Sujatha Ramesh and Taluk Sheep and Wool Development Corporation president Venkatesh Gowda were present.
    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 18 years
  • Corporate demand lifts maize prices 30%

    Maize prices in Karnataka are trading 29.52 per cent higher at Rs 1,360 a quintal compared to last year.

    “Due to large scale corporate demand, prices have firmed up in the last one month. Demand is mainly from starch manufacturers and poultry feed makers,” B.V. Gopal Reddy, Vice-President, Karnataka Maize Merchants’ Association, told Business Line.

    The major companies sourcing maize for starch extraction from Karnataka are Riddhi Siddhi and few Ahmedabad-based factories.

    Along with starch makers, poultry feed makers such as Sugana and Venkateshwara Hatcheries are also buying.

    According to Reddy, “At present, factory delivery which includes transportation and APMC cess is quoted much higher than the procurement (buying from farmers) price of Rs 1,450-1,470.”


    Due to late rains in Karnataka, the maize crop harvested is fairly good. Crop grown in Davengere, Haveri and Shimoga have entered the market.

    “Summer maize crop from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is expected to enter market some time in February/March. Till then prices are expected to be firm,” Reddy said.

    According to the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell (Demic)-Dharwad, Karnataka has 3.44 lakh hectares under maize and the productivity is estimated at 2,869 kg/hectare.

    Maize price in Bidar market is ruling at Rs 1,385.

    The Minimum Support Price (MSP) announced by the Central Government is Rs 1,175 a quintal.

    Keeping in view the market price movements, Demic in its advisory to farmers has said, “Farmers can store maize up to April to get a margin of around Rs 100-150 a quintal compared to February and March prices.”

    Time to woo ahmedabad based starch industry to karnataka?

    One already got wooed :D

    Gujarat Ambuja Exports up 1% on production commencement

    Gujarat Ambuja Exports rose 0.97 percent to close at Rs 26 amid large volumes on the Bombay Stock Exchange after commencement of commercial production of maize processing unit in the state of Karnataka.

    The company in its release said it has started trial run production in the month of December, 2012 of its 750 TPD new maize processing, derivatives and other value added products processing Unit in the Haven District in Karnataka.

    Its trading volumes rose 118 percent to 21,219 equity shares as compared to its five day average of 9,723 shares.

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    Cargill to invest Rs. 500 crore in India

    New Delhi: US-based agri-food giant Cargill will invest about Rs. 400 crore to set up a corn milling plant in Karnataka, and another Rs. 100 crore on expansion of capacity of existing edible oil plants, the chairman of its India unit said today.

    Cargill India, a Rs. 9,000 crore company and part of nearly $134 billion global group, sells edible oils under Nature Fresh, Sweekar, Gemini, Rath and Sunflower Vanaspati brands.

    The company is also planning to expand refining capacity of its three existing edible oil plants in India with an investment of about Rs. 100 crore.

    "We are in the process of establishing a corn milling plant in Karnataka with an investment of around Rs. 400 crore. The capacity will be 800-1,000 tonnes per day. It will be our single largest investment in India," Cargill India chairman Siraj A Chaudhry told reporters.

    The proposed plant will produce modified starch for the consuming processed food and pharma industries. The company is scouting for land at Davangere in Karnataka for setting up the plant, Mr Chaudhry said, adding that the facility is expected to commence operations by 3rd quarter of 2014.

    On edible oil business, which contributes more than half of its revenue, he said the company would increase the refining capacity by 1,000 tonnes per day at a cost of about Rs. 100 crore.

    "The total investment of Rs. 500 crore will be funded through internal accruals," he added.

    Cargill India is also re-entering into branded wheat flour business with 'Nature Fresh' Brand and is also looking at other food commodities like rice and pulses. Mr Chaudhry also said that the company is looking at more acquisitions in edible oil and wheat flour sectors. Earlier this month, Cargill announced that it has

    acquired Wipro's flagship brand Sunflower Vanaspati. The acquisition expands its existing portfolio of edible oil and vanaspati brands and also increases its market reach in India's palm oil and its derivatives and vanaspati market.

    The company has 3 edible oil refining facilities in India based in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Odisha with a capacity of 4,000 tonnes per day. It also has 7 animal feed manufacturing units in the country.

    Cargill is engaged in processing, refining and marketing imported and indigenous vegetable oils. That apart, it supplies food ingredients to manufacturers and food service industry, process, store, trade and markets farm commodities like grains, oilseeds, sugar and cotton, among other businesses.

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    - engineer.akash, in 18 years
  • 'Mega food park scheme receiving good response'

    Mumbai, Jan 30

    The central government has given approval for 30 mega food parks across the country, Food Processing Industries secretary Rakesh Kacker said here Wednesday.

    "The mega food park scheme has received good response with 13 such parks being under various stages of implementation. Out of these, seven food parks each located in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam and Tripura and two in West Bengal are at an advanced stage of completion and expected to be operational soon," he said.

    Kacker was speaking at the the National Summit on 'Mega Food Parks: An Investment Destination' organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries and the Food Processing Industries ministry.

    It was attended by policy makers, industry members and experts on food processing.

    Kacker said the investment in food processing industry is set to grow with the decentralisation of the approval process.

    "As per the National Food Processing Mission launched on April 1, 2012, project assessment can be sanctioned by the state government itself. Further, 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) is permitted in the food processing sector," he said.

    Kacker said the government has accorded food processing industry the status of a sunrise sector and initiated several policy measures for creation of infrastructure, cold chain development and sanctioned various schemes for modernisation of the sector.

    "The mega food park scheme is expected to see a combined investment of about Rs 7,000 crore over 30 centres," he said.

    He said the allocation for food processing industry will go up in coming years, from the present level of Rs.660 crore during the current fiscal.

    The Mega Food Park scheme is envisaged to be set up on the hub and spoke pattern. The core processing facilities would be located in a central area with processing plants spread over peripheral areas.

    Ideally one mega food park would serve as a cluster of about four districts. The central processing centre would have dry warehouses, cold chain infrastructure, irradiation centre and facilities for sorting, grading and packaging.

    The Mega Food Park project is expected to bring large scale benefits to farmers as well as consumers, by addressing key infrastructure and supply-chain management challenges.
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  • Andhra Pradesh, which currently has a cold storage capacity of 1 million tonnes, stands first in the country with capacity utilisation of 92 per cent, followed by Karnataka (60 per cent) and Maharashtra (51 per cent), he said. Ghosh added that 'reefer (refrigerated) transportation' is critical in the entire cold storage chain, and there is need to subsidise the purchase of reefer vehicles.

    - engineer.akash, in 18 years
  • Starbucks, Tata Coffee open roasting plant in Karnataka

    Plant will cater to the domestic as well as select overseas markets in the future

    US-based Starbucks Coffee Company and its Indian partner Tata Coffee today inaugurated a roasting and packaging plant in Karnataka that will cater to the domestic as well as select overseas markets in future.

    "In a key partnership milestone between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Coffee Ltd, the two companies today inaugurated a roasting and packaging plant in Kushalnagar in Coorg, Karnataka," the two firms said in a joint statement.

    This facility will enable roasting and packaging of green coffee beans for Starbucks stores in India and select markets around the globe in future, it added.

    Commenting on the development, Starbucks Coffee President (China and Asia Pacific) John Culver said: "This deepens our sourcing relationship with India's coffee farmers and further demonstrates our long-term commitment to sourcing high quality arabica coffee."

    The facility is spread across 8,258 sq ft and has an installed production capacity of 375 MT. The plant has three major sections - green coffee storage and handling, roasting, and packing and dispatch.

    "The plant leverages our combined strengths and passion for sharing the finest quality coffees with customers. This momentous occasion signifies a milestone development in our relationship with Starbucks as we roast and package our locally sourced espresso roast and prepare to export roasted and packaged coffees to select markets," Tata Coffee Managing Director Hameed Huq said.

    Earlier this week, Starbucks had said India will become one of its top five global markets in the long-term and will continue to expand aggressively here. It did not share any timeframe to achieve this target.

    The company, which missed its target of opening 50 outlets in the country by 2012 at an investment of Rs 400 crore, however, remained non-committal on by when it would be able reach the milestone.

    Tata Starbucks, the global coffee giant's equal joint venture with Tata Global Beverages for the Indian market, has opened its 7th outlet in the country at Connaught Place here.

    The JV had opened its first outlet in India in October 2012 in Mumbai, where it currently has four cafes. Last month, Tata Starbucks opened two more outlets at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.
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    Karnataka budget proposes two new fishing harbours (
    BJP govt woos farmers with enhanced outlay for agri in budget ("]
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  • Karnataka agriculture budget lays stress on marketing facilities (

    Bangalore, Feb. 7:

    The BJP Government presented its separate agriculture budget for 2013-14 with an outlay of Rs 22,310 crore giving emphasise on mechanisation and use of technology.

    Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar while presenting the agriculture budget for 2013-14 said “Our Government is committed for comprehensive development of agriculture sector by providing sufficient water and fertilizers to the farmer’s lands and to ensure remunerative prices for agricultural produce by providing proper marketing facilities.”

    “Our State faced unprecedented natural calamities in the last two years. While there were floods on one side, we experienced severe drought on the other side. The State experienced 25 per cent deficit in the normal rainfall during the period from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. On account of this deficit rainfall and moisture stress, there was crop loss in 38.9 lakh acres estimated at Rs 5,273 crore,” he added.

    The first agriculture budget presented during 2011-12 had an outlay of Rs 17857 crore. This size was increased to Rs 19660 crore during 2012-13.

    In this election year, in order to woo the farming community, the budget has given thrust on the following:

    * Farmers Income Commission to be set up as per the recommendations of Dr. Swaminathan.

    * A pass book containing comprehensive information (land holding, category, address, facilities availed etc) of farmers will be provided

    * Farmers to be provided with an opportunity to either purchase agricultural implements of their choice (Tractor, Trailer, Paddy harvesters, sugarcane harvester etc.) or avail them from hire service centers and to decide on the rates thereof.

    * Scheme for zero interest short term crop loan from cooperative institutions to continue.

    * Existing milk subsidy scheme of Rs.2 per litre to be continued

    * Increase in the quantity of tax free diesel for mechanized fishing to 1,30,000 kilo litres

    * Reimbursement of electricity consumption charges of pumpsets belonging to the already existing and working Farmers Lift irrigation Co-operative Societies up to 50 H.P. will be reimbursed.

    * Continuation of the scheme of free supply of electricity to the irrigation pumpsets upto 10 HP.

    * Karnataka Solar Energy Scheme to be formulated to make up for the shortage of electricity by adopting modern technology and installing solar power based pump sets.

    * Establishment of Horticultural Engineering and Food Technology College under University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkote.

    * New Rehabilitation and Resettlement policy to be framed to safeguard the interests of people affected by submergence

    * Yettinahole Yojane for drinking water to be started within the next few months at a total cost of Rs.2,670 crores.

    * One of the largest drip irrigation projects in the world Ramathal (Marola) Lift Irrigation Project would be implemented by the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama (KBJNL) at a cost of Rs.786 crore in Hungunda Taluk.

    Karnataka Budget 2013-14 supports agriculture and farmer assistance programmes (

    Saturday, February 09, 2013 08:00 IST
    Our Bureau, Bengaluru

    Karnataka Budget presented by state chief minister Jagadish Shettar has a strong support to agriculture activities.

    The Budget has proposed an expenditure to the tune of Rs 22,310 crore on the agriculture sector in 2013 -14. This is an increase of 13.5 per cent compared to previous year’s Rs 19,660 crore.

    Apart from several new proposals, covering from the setting up of a Farmers Income Commission which is a single-window agency for issuing of data-based passbooks to farmers, the state government has called for installation of solar power-based irrigation pump sets.

    The total outlay for agriculture is Rs 3,091 crore out of which horticulture gets Rs 1,310 crore, animal husbandry receives Rs 1,118 crore, fisheries gets Rs 238 crore, cooperation has been allocated Rs 1,428 crore, and Rs 11,500 crore for water resources, including minor irrigation.

    "Following the recommendations of leading scientist Dr M S Swaminathan, the Farmers’ Income Commission is being set up to improve the economic condition of the farming community," said Shettar.

    Passbooks containing data of landholding, category, address, facilities availed etc. would be issued to farmers. A database would be created with the integration of the Bhoomi project with the existing ‘Aadhar’ database in the state. The database would be used for formulating agricultural policies and Rs 15 crore has been set aside for implementing the programme. "It would be implemented on a pilot basis in Mysore, Tumkur and Dharwad districts where the ‘Aadhar’ project is completed," he said.

    To provide necessary extension services to farmers, it was proposed to set up a single window agency in collaboration with expert institutions. It would be implemented in four districts of Tumkur, Chikmagalur, Bijapur, and Raichur on a pilot basis during the 2013 kharif season. It would be extended to 12 districts during the 2013 -14 rabi season and to all districts in 2014 -15. A sum of Rs. 75 crore has been allocated for it.

    The state has set aside Rs. 75 crore under the Bhuchetana programme, which focuses on increasing the crop yield,. Area under the programme would be expanded to 168 lakh acres, including 144 lakh dry land and 24 acres of irrigated land in 2013 -14. The food production target was set at 13 million tonnes in 2013 -14.

    The Suvarna Bhoomi scheme has been extended to farmers growing ragi, jowar, maize, and bajra. There is an allocation of Rs. 300 crore for assisting three lakh beneficiaries in 2013 -14. A sum of Rs. 100 crore has been set aside for preparation, certification, and distribution of organic manure by APEDA identified agencies and Rs. 30 crore for rejuvenation of saline and alkaline lands in Tungabhadra and Upper Krishna projects.

    For encouraging seed production in selected villages it has proposed to allocate Rs. 55 crore for creating facilities like fee concession for seed certification, construction of seed storage godowns, threshing yards, and purchase of equipment required for processing.

    An allocation of Rs. 10 crore is provided for weather and market information on cell phones to 100 registered farmers/extension workers in each taluk in the district. For weather-based insurance scheme to all crops, Rs. 35 crore would be provided in 2013 -14 to install remote rain gauges stations in 3, 700 gram panchayats and to establish remote meteorological centres in 550 hoblis. Rs 100 crore would be provided to extend the scheme to whole State. About 57 lakh farmers would benefit through this scheme.

    The serious power problems has also led the government to install solar power pump-sets in four districts, one each in every revenue division, at a cost of Rs. 50 crore.

    Schemes such as free electricity supply to irrigation pump-sets up to 10 HP would be continued and Rs. 5250 crore would be provided for payment of subsidy to electricity supply companies. The government has also proposed to set up an agriculture college at Athani.

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    Alternative name for this thread could be "Karnataka Agriculture & Food Processing".
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  • Drought to trim India's 2013/14 sugar output below consumption

    MUMBAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - India's sugar production for the 2013/14 season is set to fall below consumption for the first time in four years as a water shortage trims acreage in three key states.

    The drop could boost global sugar prices as the world's top sugar consumer imports raw sugar to maintain stocks and to take advantage of lower prices in Brazil.

    "Farmers in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are switching to other crops. If we look at prices, cane is attractive, but water is not available," said a Mumbai-based official with a global trading firm, who declined to be named.

    Figures from the Indian Sugar Mills Association show that the western state of Maharashtra and southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are likely to produce 12.2 million tonnes, or more than half of India's total production, in the 2012/13 season, which ends on Sept. 30.

    India, the world's biggest sugar producer after Brazil, is likely to produce a total of 24.3 million tonnes of sugar in the current year, compared with demand of about 23 million tonnes.

    It would then need imports over the following season to maintain opening stock levels for the year starting Oct. 1, 2014, dealers said.

    Though the country is likely to start the year starting October 2013 with stocks of 7.5 million tonnes, it would want to maintain these levels going into the next year.

    After the 2009 drought sugar production fell sharply, forcing India to make big purchases from overseas markets, which pushed the price of raw sugar futures to 30-year highs.


    "It is difficult to estimate sugar output for next year. It depends on the diversion of cane for fodder, monsoon rains and recovery rate," said the trading firm official, who declined to be named. "Right now, we can say around 20-21 million tonnes can be produced."

    In 2012 state governments bought cane to offer cheaply or free as fodder when alternative supplies were short because of lack of rain. Cattle become the main source of income for farmers during drought years.

    The fodder shortage is likely to rise between March and June this year, raising demand for mature cane as fodder.

    "Total cane area in Maharashtra and Karnataka will be down 20 to 25 percent for next season," said Narendra Murkumbi, managing director of Shree Renuka Sugars, the country's biggest sugar refiner.

    New plantation is down by nearly 50 percent in both states, Murkumbi said.

    "Drought is affecting new plantation and it will even cut availability of the ratoon crop next season," D B Gavit, a director at the Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner's office, said.

    The ratoon crop is the root stub of cane after the first harvest that remains in the ground for a second harvest. It usually accounts for more than a third of total cane production.

    The water shortage in the central region of Maharashtra is so severe that people are struggling to secure drinking water, but the situation is better in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

    "Uttar Pradesh will compensate for some of the production losses in Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is not facing a water shortage," said Kamal Jain, managing director of sugar brokerage Kamal Jain Trading Services.

    Uttar Pradesh is expected to produce 8.1 million tonnes of sugar in 2012/13.
    - engineer.akash, in 20 years
  • South India’s maiden fodder cake unit at Ch’nagar

    Facility to be dedicated on February 20, ensuring quality feed

    In a first of its kind unit in South India, Mymul has set up a dry fodder cake manufacturing unit at Manchanahalli in Chamarajanagar taluk. The unit planned on an experimental basis will be dedicated on February 20.

    It will manufacture dry fodder cakes comprising 60 per cent of paddy hay, maize, dry grass of jowar; 30 per cent of raw products used for cattle feed and 10 per cent of ‘hindi’ and kakambi mixture. Latest technology is being used to prepare this cake each weighing 10 kg.

    Preparations are on for opening ceremony of the unit scheduled on February 20, with housing and district-in-charge minister V Somanna doing the honours at 11.30 am. Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan and president of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) G Somashekara Reddy will also participate.

    Mymul president N Mahadevappa will preside, ZP president G Nagashri, MLAs C Puttarangashetty, H S Mahadevaprasad, G N Nanjundaswamy and R Narendra, MLC K R Mallikarjunappa and others will participate.

    Addressing a press meet here, Mymul director H S Basavaraju said with the main objective of controlling the expenses of milk production, Rashtriya Krishi Vikasa Yojane, Karnataka Milk Federation has set up the fodder cake manufacturing unit in the district.

    Funds of Rs 1.6 crore under Krishi Vikas Yojana and Rs one crore from Mymul have been sanctioned for the purpose. This unit will play a major role in managing dairy farming in the district.

    Basavaraju stressed importance should be given on health of the cattle and producing quality milk.

    This unit will be of great help to the dairy farmers as the expenses will come down considerably, he added. The fodder cakes will be available to dairy farmers through milk producers cooperative union, he said.

    Lakshmiprasad Yadav of Cattle feed division of Mymul said the cake is a mixture of both dry and raw feed, which is said to be nutritious for cattle and will increase milk production.

    Each tonne of dry feed will be sold at Rs 7,000 and Rs 6,500 in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts respectively. In the first phase, five cooperative unions of the district have been distributed fodder cakes and 20 cattle have been given the feed and observed high yield of milk, he explained.

    Mymul director Manjula, Dr Anandraj, Venkatesh and others were present.
    - engineer.akash, in 20 years
  • Sugar production up by 2.95 p.c.

    Karnataka’s contribution is 24.03 lakh tonnes

    Growers transporting sugarcane to a sugar mill in Belgaum district.
    India has produced 2.95 per cent more sugar in 2012-13 so far than in the preceding year.

    Till January 31, total sugar production by 510 sugar mills in the country was 137.51 lakh tonnes.

    Of this, Karnataka’s contribution was 24.03 lakh tonnes, figures indicate.

    The mills crushed 1,410 lakh tonnes of sugarcane in this period, most of it coming from the major sugar-producing States of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

    Quoting figures from the Indian Sugar Mills Association, officials at the city-based S. Nijalingappa Sugar Institute told The Hindu here on Tuesday that sugar mills in the State crushed 234.38 lakh tonnes of cane, at an average recovery of 10.25 per cent. And this despite the drought that prevailed across the State during the year, including the sugarcane belt in north Karnataka.

    Belgaum, which has earned the sobriquet ‘sugar bowl of Karnataka’, produced 10.77 lakh tonnes of sugar, by crushing 102.31 lakh tonnes of sugarcane.

    There are 20 sugar mills operating in the district, playing a major role in sustaining the agrarian economy.

    Average recovery in the district has been estimated at 10.53 per cent for the period in question.

    Till January 31, Godavari Bio Refineries Ltd. at Sameerwadi in Bagalkot district was the highest sugar producer in Karnataka.

    It has crushed 10.75 lakh tonnes of sugarcane and produced 1.15 lakh tonnes of sugar.

    Doodhganga Krishna Sahakara Sakkare Karkhane Niyamit, Chikkodi, also in Belgaum district, has achieved recovery of 11.57 per cent, believed to be the highest in Karnataka.

    In 2012-13, sugar production by 510 sugar mills in the country was 137.51 lakh tonnes

    Of this, Karnataka’s contribution was 24.03 lakh tonnes
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  • Honey park in Kodagu? (

    Kodagu, which was once famous for honey, now produces just a few tonnes from about 40 tonnes it used to produce annually nearly two decades ago. This drastic decline in the production of honey is due to sacbrood disease affecting the honeybees. Besides, the use of pesticides in plantations for coffee and pepper also sometimes renders it not export worthy.

    To revive honey production in Kodagu, there is a proposal to set up a honey park, sources said.
    - engineer.akash, in 21 years
  • National Mission on Food Processing at various stages in different states (

    Dakshina Kannada
    The Dakshina Kannada District Food Processing Mission – under the Centre's National Mission for Food Processing – came into force recently. An interesting point to be noted is that the mission will offer a grant of up to Rs 75 lakh to colleges to offer certificate, diploma, degree or post-graduate courses in food processing and set up food processing units on a pilot basis. To avail the grant, an institution will have to submit a project proposal to the district mission.

    According to the deputy director of the department of horticulture, Dakshina Kannada (who is also the member-secretary of the district mission), “The district mission is a body which comprises 11 members. It came into being recently. The deputy commissioner of the district has been appointed as its head. The National Mission on Food Processing came into force under the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.”

    He added, “Colleges and universities use the amount to purchase books and e-journals, set up laboratories and purchase equipment for the same. The project proposal should be an all-encompassing one. Rs 75 lakh is the ceiling; the government would provide about 10-20 per cent of the project cost to the institutions only after the government gives its nod. It would be a one-time grant.”

    “An autonomous college in Mangalore (the district headquarters) had submitted a proposal seeking a grant to offer a post-graduate programme in food processing,” the member-secretary of the district mission said, adding, “The mission will offer entrepreneurs a financial grant to set up new food processing units or upgrade the technology of their existing ones. The assistance would be 25 per cent of the project cost, with a maximum ceiling of Rs 50 lakh.”

    “It offered half the project cost – with a maximum ceiling of Rs 10 crore – as assistance to set up cold storage units, value addition units and to purchase refrigerated vans which support supply chain development. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other identified institutes / bodies which promoted food processing activities through seminars, workshops, training programmes, exhibitions and tours could avail assistance ranging between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh,” he added.

    He said there would be a year-long follow-up of the beneficiary bodies' activities. For example, if an institute trained 20 candidates in food processing, the activities of those that had forayed into food processing would be monitored for a year. “Besides horticulture produce, the food processing activities would apply to fish, meat and dairy. As the financial year 2012-13 ends in March, the mission will focus on promotional activities in the district in the next three months,” he said.
    - mangalore mania, in 21 years
  • Honey production (

    With experts cataloguing large-scale depletion in population of honey bees, Mr. Ashisar said there would be a focus on their conservation and hive protection this financial year. “Honey production has not been encouraged under any government scheme so far. However, now the Horticulture Department has allocated Rs. 10 crore for it. While training, marketing, and distribution of accessories needed for keeping bees will be given to farmers, the population of the wild honey bee can be sustained by planting trees that suit them in the forest,” he said.

    He said the system of burning hives after extracting honey needed to be stopped as this led to depletion in their numbers. The task force had recommended to the State government the banning of the contract system in extracting honey. “For a nominal fee, for example Rs. 5,000, the contractor can extract up to Rs. 25 lakh worth of honey. This is not viable for the government,” he said.

    Similarly, jackfruit cultivation would be taken up in a big way, with 50,000 trees being planted in the district this year. Marketing linkages, and training sessions for jackfruit tree cultivation and processing would be given at the taluk level, said Mr. Ashisar.

    With greater budget allocation this year, he said many schemes for the protection of trees, biodiversity conservation, roadside planting, and eco-tourism would be scaled up. Particularly in focus would be mangrove, devarakadu, and sandalwood trees.

    The Task Force would launch the Hasiru Arogya Abhiyaan here, where camps would be conducted in 30 places in Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada to create awareness among gram panchayats, self-help groups, and other government and private institutions about the uses of plants found in the ghats.
    - mangalore mania, in 22 years
  • Creating rural entrepreneurs (

    At KVAFSU, farmers are trained in animal rearing, post-harvest preservation and processing technologies
    Teaching, research and extension are on the agenda of every farm university. But the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University is trying to break the mould by introducing another important component to it – entrepreneurship development among farmers.

    C. Renuka Prasad, who took over as the Vice-Chancellor recently, said the university would share advanced technology with farmers and tie up with private corporations to promote industries based on farm and animal produce.

    The first project is to help farmers breed better quality sheep and goats. The varsity has tied up with the Nimbkar Agriculture Research Institute in Maharashtra to help distribute high-yielding and disease-resistant varieties of sheep and goats.

    “Sheep and goat rearing is one of the most remunerative farming practices. It calls for small, short-term investments. There is an assured market for sheep and goat meat and wool and rearing them is hassle-free. We want to improve the farmers’ economic condition by training them in breeding exotic breeds like African Dorper sheep and Boer goats that are better than local breeds like Dakhani,’’ he said.

    Dorper sheep, a hybrid between Dorset Horn and Blackhead Persian breeds, are self-shredders. They don’t need to be sheared. Their wool comes off naturally every year and farmers can pick it up and sell it. Each sheep weighs 70 kg, twice or thrice the body weight of an average Indian breed.

    A twinning gene has been inserted in Dorper and Boer goats and they yield two kids at every delivery. This will also help farmers, Dr. Prasad said. The university has already started supplying sheep to farmers in Bangalore and Kolar. Farmers’ groups are being formed in Bidar, Bangalore and other districts. They will be trained in the maintenance of these exotic varieties and encouraged to breed goats and sell their young ones. An embryo transplant centre is being set up in Bangalore to focus on breed development. It will have facilities for semen freezing, artificial insemination, and neonatal care.

    The second project is to transfer low-cost milk product-making techniques to farmers and training them. This will address two problems – adding value to extra milk and selling it, and the protein deficiency among the rural population.

    “Now, farmers are unable to sell all the milk they produce as the companies have reduced their procurement. We will teach farm women to make these value-added products at home. They can either sell them in their neighbourhood or feed their children,” he said.

    The third project is to distribute quality varieties of pigs. “Our centres in Bangalore are already distributing pigs. In the next phase, we are planning to develop better breeds of pigs by crossing local breeds with exotic ones.” The fourth is the Mudhol hound project. The Canine Research and Information Centre in Mudhol, Bagalkot, has already started breeding these dogs and distributing the pups to farmers in surrounding villages. “We are also setting up a laboratory that will determine the genetic qualities of the hound and create a road map for its breed improvement.”

    Yet another project helps farmers grow decorative fish varieties. Training in breeding and market intelligence is provided through micro units of breeders.


    The university will improve the teaching-learning process by two methods. First is by providing students with hands-on training in processes such as animal rearing, post-harvest preservation and processing technologies of animal produce, interacting with farmers and research. Students will be involved in all these process in phases. They will work in animal, bird and fish farms of the university as part of their internship, and in food processing centres. The university’s efforts at creating middle-level managers in animal produce-based industries by starting diploma courses have paid off. There is a huge demand for such professionals. New courses like wildlife science have begun attracting students from western countries. We already have students from Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, African countries, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on our campuses, he said.

    New courses such as hygienic meat processing are being started for students and personnel of slaughter houses. Two model abattoirs are being set up in Bangalore and Bidar. The university has seven colleges. Three more are being set up in Puttur, Athani and Gadag.

    Faculty and student exchange programmes are being planned with farm universities in Minnesota and Purdue in the U.S. Teachers are also being trained at the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) in Hyderabad.


    The university has set up farmers’ training centres in its Bidar, Mangalore and Bangalore campuses. Farmers referred by agencies like Karnataka Milk Federation, and poultry and fish breeding agencies or industries are trained in these centres. The seven livestock research and information centres across the State are also training farmers.


    The university’s research is broadly divided into two categories: livestock improvement and disease prevention. One of the most popular poultry breeds in the country, Giri Raja, is a contribution of the university’s scientists. “We are now working on improving buffalo, fish, sheep, Deoni cows and bullocks varieties,” Mr. Prasad said.

    The second important contribution of the university is the development of vaccines for animals, birds and even fish. Oral vaccines have been developed for captive bred and inland fish. The Bangalore-based Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals, which is part of the university, has also perfected vaccines for buffaloes, pigs, dogs, and other pet animals.

    The most important benefit of the varsity colleges has been the treatment of animals, birds and fish at hospitals on campus. Expert doctors treat lakhs of animals in the colleges in Bangalore, Bidar, Mangalore, Shimoga and Hassan every year.

    “This remains our primary area of service to the people of the State. The university serves as the tertiary healthcare centre for animals. All treatment is free and that has strengthened the confidence farmers have in us,” Dr. Prasad said.
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  • Favorich Sugars is planning a bagasse-based co-gen power project in Karnataka.
    January 23, 2013
    Non Conventional Energy

    Status: Planning Stage
    Promoter: Favorich Sugars, belonging to the Favorich Group
    Project: Bagasse-based co-gen power project
    Capacity: 15 MW
    Location: Krishnarajpet, dist. Mandya, Karnataka
    Current Status: As of January 2013, the company is waiting for land approval from Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board. The project is waiting for financial closure and is planned for completion in 18 months from zero date. The state government had allotted 250 acres of land for the sugar project, distillery and mega food park.
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  • DFRL teams up with Karnataka horti dept for value-added tomato products (

    Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore, in association with the Karnataka department of horticulture has embarked on a project to help tomato farmers to realise appropriate value for their produce by taking up manufacture of value-added products from tomato. This includes methods to preserve puree, ready-to-serve beverage, green and red tomato chutneys, tomato curry paste, tomato sambhar / rasam pastes, dehydrated tomato powder, intermediate moisture tomato slices, and tomato sauce.

    A total number of three workshops were carried out so far in Chikballapur, Chintamani and Sidlagatta in collaboration with state horticulture department under the supervision of deputy director of horticulture, Chikballapur district.

    Nearly 350 tomato farmers, rural entrepreneurs, rural women and SHGs were trained as delegates in tomato processing towards the manufacture of specific tomato products as highlighted before. The feedback on the workshops was extremely encouraging and the state horticulture department is upon the task for establishing necessary backward and forward linkages in marketing and funding of projects by the marketing and financial bodies.

    "At present, tomato farmers are facing much agony as the produce during the glut season is not fetching adequate price and the farmers often resort to not harvesting their crop or to throw away the produce as even the transportation costs are not realised due to the lack of appropriate post-harvest management of tomato," stated a source at DFRL.

    DFRL scientific teams started making use of a mobile processing unit which can be transported into rural areas for the purpose of value addition and the demos / workshops were carried out in make-shift accommodations.

    Nearly 350 tomato farmers, rural entrepreneurs, rural women and SHGs were trained as delegates in tomato processing towards the manufacture of specific tomato products as highlighted before. The feedback on the workshops was extremely encouraging and the state horticulture department is upon the task for establishing necessary backward and forward linkages in marketing and funding of projects by the marketing and financial bodies, according to DFRL.
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  • Karnataka coast yet to tap mud crab culture (

    MANGALORE: Though mud crab constitutes an important secondary crop in the traditional prawn or fish culture systems in some of the coastal states, the state's coast has yet to wake up to its potential.

    The fattening of mud crab, which is non-existent here, can provide employment opportunities for the fisher folk as a means of alternative livelihood besides promoting crab fishery here.

    Despite the huge potential, there's only one registered exporter in this region - Albari International. Its proprietor Zaheer Ahmed told TOI: The potential is huge but nobody is interested in crab aquaculture in these parts. He adds a caveat: Just as shrimp, crab fattening also is a risky business. You can lose all your investment at one go or reap manifold profits. Even when I buy I lose 15% due to mortality, says Ahmed, who exports the live crab stock from Bangalore International airport or Mumbai.

    There are two basic forms land-based mud crab culture practices - fattening of crabs with low flesh content/ water crabs and grow-out of juveniles to market size.

    Ahmed exports about 500 kilograms of live crabs mainly to the Shanghai market. The export potential areas are Shanghai, Malaysia and Hong Kong, says an official from the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), a nodal agency set up by the Government of India in 1972 for the promotion of seafood exports from India,

    The official said, according to invoices, the rates vary for live crabs depending on its size. Live mud crabs of 100grams to 300 grams will earn $5 to $7 and those weighing more than 400 grams earn $11. In India, live crabs retail at Rs 300 to Rs 350 in Bangalore and Delhi. The main crab procurement areas are Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Kundapur, and Mangalore in the state. During the peak season from June to September the catch can go up to one to two tons per day and it dwindles thereafter.

    Both MPEDA official and Ahmed say that research institutes and the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) should create awareness among farmers exploit the potential of crab farming in this region. A CMFRI official said mud crab farming was taken up in Kundapur in mid-2000, but fishermen lacked interest, hence it died a natural death. The West Coast is mainly dependent on fish catch, like Andhra is dependent on shrimp farming. Unless there is a crisis people will not move out of their comfort zone to try something new,'' said the official.

    With operational cargo terminal at Mangaluru more may opt for mud crab culture.
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  • Food park project to yield Rs 500cr (


    Five more projects, one each in Punjab, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tripura are expected to be completed in 2013-14, while the remaining five projects in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are likely to be completed in 2014-15.


    Nabard estimates Rs 8,098 cr for critical infra in Karnataka (


    Nabard has also identified milk and meat processing units and cooling chains under the animal husbandry and fisheries sector for creating critical infrastructure. ...

    Creation of warehousing facilities, rural godowns, milk cooling chains, food parks are very critical for post harvest management of produce, it said.

    - Krishnamoorthy K, in 22 years
  • Talk on possibilities of apple cultivation in Karnataka

    Our Bureau

    Mangalore, April 18:

    A talk on the possibilities of apple cultivation in Karnataka will be held here on April 20.

    A press release said here that Chiranjit Parmar, horticultural scientist from Himachal Pradesh, will deliver a talk on the possibilities of apple cultivation in Karnataka at Sharada Vidyalaya in Mangalore at 10 am.

    Parmar is of the opinion that apple can be grown in Karnataka and other parts of the country that have tropical climate where the temperatures do not fall below 10 degrees Celsius, it said.

    Krishna Shetty Katukukke, who has taken up a trial project on apple cultivation in Karnataka, will share his experience on the occasion.

    Shree Padre, Editor of Adike Patrike (a farm journal), will be the other resource person, the release added.
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  • ‘State tops in butter production’
    On Saturday, director of Karnataka Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation (KMF) Satyanarayana said Karnataka was the top producer of butter in the country. Addressing a public gathering on the occasion of World Milk Day, he said, “Karnataka is in second place behind Gujarat in milk production, but it tops in butter and other milk products.”

    He also announced KMF’s future plans for the Hyderabad Karnataka region. “We are planning to renovate the existing dairy in Raichur, establish new automatic plants in Kudligi and Koppala in the near future, apart from a new ice-cream plant in Bellary.
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  • New BMC proposed under Mymul

    n view of encouraging milk producers and providing quality milk to consumers, a proposal would be submitted to the Mysore-Chamarajanagar Milk Producers’ Union Limited (Mymul) board to open eight new Bulk Milk Centres (BMC), said Mymul Director H S Basavaraju.

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  • Flood of milk

    The Minister said milk production had touched 54 lakh litres per day in the last few days, following the government's decision to increase incentives to dairy farmers from Rs two to Rs four per litre recently. The total consumption is 43 lakh litres per day. Excess production is about 20 lakh litres. The Karnataka Milk Federation has the capacity to convert 10 lakh litre of milk into milk powder per day. The government is planning to supply the additional milk to children in anganwadi centres.

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  • Sanda industrial area yet to realise potential

    A view of feed production unit of the Karnataka Milk Federation that is under construction at the KIADB industrial estate at Sanda village in Shikaripur taluk.

    Much has been said about balanced industrialisation across the State, but this has been more of empty talk with little work happening on the ground.

    The lone and half-built cattle feed production unit in the vast industrial estate developed by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), near Sanda village in Shikaripur taluk, seems to symbolise this.

    To attract industries to Shikaripur taluk, which was identified as backward by the D. Nanjundappa committee on redressal of regional imbalances, the State government decided to develop the industrial estate in Sanda.

    This was an ambitious project of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

    The Rs. 5-crore project began in 2010 and the estate was ready for occupancy by early 2012.

    The KIADB acquired 208 acres of land, of which 30 acres was allotted to the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) for the cattle feed unit, which is expected to become operational shortly.

    However, the larger expectation that it would attract big food processing units — considering that the region is known for cultivation of paddy, maize, mango, ginger and arecanut crops of fine quality — has been belied.

    In the first phase of the project, the KIADB developed 48 plots on 63.48 acres of land. Roads and drainage facilities have been provided here. An electricity transmission substation has been established to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

    However, during the Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Bangalore in 2012, there was no positive response from entrepreneurs to set up food processing and agro-based industries in Sanda.


    A Gujarat-based food processing company, which evinced interest last year to set up a manufacturing unit in Sanda, backtracked citing lack of proper connectivity.

    At present, Sanda, which is 75 km from Shimoga, is connected only by road.

    A reputed plywood company showed interest in establishing a production unit here a few months ago but withdrew citing water shortage.

    During summer, water in the Kumudvathi that flows near Sanda dries up, and lifting underground water becomes a necessity.

    As efforts to woo big entrepreneurs have failed, the Department of Commerce and Industries is now inviting foundry, alloy and metal-casting industry owners in the Machenahalli industrial estate, near Shimoga, who have plans for expansion to set up their units in Sanda.


    The KIADB is planning to form 60 ft x 40 ft plots in the area and allot them to local entrepreneurs who want to set up small-scale units.
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  • High-yielding hybrid Byadgi chilli launched

    The Dharwad-based Sarpan Agri Horticulture Research Centre (SAHRC) has come out with a high-yielding, high-value hybrid variety of Byadgi chilli, which is known throughout the world for its high colour, low pungency and good flavour.

    However, the area under Byadgi chilli has come down over the years due to low yield, among other reasons.

    Director (R & D) of SAHRC Nijagundeva Gaddagimath, who headed a team of scientists that developed the new hybrid variety, said that research at SAHRC had disproved the belief that hybrids were less tasty than the traditional local varieties. Mr. Gaddagimath said that the hybrid variety had been developed by conventional plant breeding techniques. The hybrid is pest and disease resistant and can withstand low as well as high rainfall.

    He said that the Sarpan Byadgi hybrid chilli has been under cultivation in rainfed areas for the last seven years. One of the features of the hybrid variety is early flowering and fruiting, assuring a minimum yield of 250 kg to 350 kg per acre under rainfed conditions. The best yield has been 900 kg per acre under well distributed kharif rain. Fruit rot was also minimum to the extent 5 per cent to 10 per cent under severe conditions.
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  • 20 fish markets to be set up in rural coastal Karnataka

    Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) is planning to set up 20 fish markets in rural areas of coastal Karnataka.

    Speaking on the sidelines of a programme to inaugurate a fish market at Kemral village in Mangalore taluk on Monday, V.K. Shetty, Managing Director of KFDC, said that 20 markets are being set up in coastal Karnataka under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

    These markets provide better and clean marketing facilities to market fish. Each of these markets is being constructed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, he said.

    KFDC has built markets in Kodibag, Amdalli and Avarsa in Uttara Kannada district; Varamballi, Moodbelle, Hejamadi, Koteshwara and Hunsemakki in Udupi district, and in Bajpe in Dakshina Kannada district under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana till now. They have been handed over to the respective village panchayats for maintenance.

    Kemral is the second market to be opened in Dakshina Kannada district, he said.

    Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangalore MP, said the entry of major companies to retail segment has created competition. In such a situation, there is a need to improve the condition of rural markets. The opening of modern fish markets in rural areas by KFDC is a new beginning in this regard, he said.

    Abhayachandra Jain, Karnataka Minister for Fisheries, said the local village panchayats should play an active role in the proper maintenance of these new markets.

    Apart from constructing fish markets, the Government will also take initiatives to dredge silts from fisheries harbours in the state. Steps will also be taken to improve the condition of link roads to fisheries harbours, he said.

    Plans are there to construct a new fisheries harbour at Kulai in New Mangalore, and to improve the condition of fisheries harbours at Koderi and Hangarkatta in coastal Karnataka, he added.
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  • New rice variety launched in Goa

    Panaji, Jul 6 : A new variety of rice, that provides all the proteins and vitamins without causing any harm to the health besides helping in finding remedies to several diseases, was today launched in Goa.

    The rice, 'Godhum Shali', is an invention of Girish N Hattarki, a mechanical engineer by profession from Belgaum in Karnataka.

    Speaking to reporters here, Mr Hattarki said 'Today, people are affected by various diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, gastritis and as a result, medical practitioners advise patients not to eat rice or to cut down on the quantity of rice but 'Godhum Shali Rice' provides a balanced food.' He said after persistent efforts, he invented this paddy and informed that the medical experts from KLE Hospital and Research Centre at Belgaum and from other areas found that it is a different kind of paddy and good for everybody.

    The experts also found that it is not harmful to any type of diseased persons and it has the quality of curing several diseases like obesity, heart ailments, blood pressure, diabetics, menstrual problems in women, allergies, ulcers and piles, he claimed.

    The 'Godhum Shali' rice provides all the required nutrients such as iron, vitamins, magnesium and potassium, hence, suitable to any person suffering from any kind of diseases, he said.

    Mr Hattarki said the rice had already been launched in Karnataka and it was in good demand.

    Goa was the second state, he said and added that after November,this rice will be launched in Maharashtra and Kerala.

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  • The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has come out with new findings about the nutritional values of the red banana variety grown predominantly in Kamalapur area in Gulbarga district.

    Sources in the Horticulture Department told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the laboratory results of the CFTRI have revealed that the red banana grown in Kamalapur contained more calcium, iron, potassium and fibre than any other variety of the bananas grown in the State.

    The fruit with rich aroma contains high calories (110) and Vitamin C and B6 which are essential for the overall health in human beings.

    The sources said that the department has taken up with the government the issue of supply of red banana with midday meals to schoolchildren to improve their nutritional levels. This will help the government effectively fight the high incidence of malnutrition among children in certain parts of the State.

    The sources said that the Women and Child Welfare Department should consider supplying red banana to pregnant women and lactating mothers to improve their overall health. Also, the fruit can be supplied to hospitals for women suffering from low haemoglobin level.

    Meanwhile, the Horticulture Department has sent samples of red banana to the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants at Lucknow for laboratory tests to know whether the fruit contains any medicinal value.

    The popular belief in the region is that red banana is of medicinal value and no effort had been made to study this aspect.

    Although banana is grown in almost all taluks in the district, the red banana variety is grown only in Kamalapur locality. At present, the cultivation of red banana is limited to 50 acres of farmland and the department is striving to increase the area which is reducing every year due to various reasons, including the vagaries of weather.

    The department is encouraging farmers to take up the cultivation of red banana by providing them incentives and highly subsidised certified seeds.

    The department, which has been successful in getting GI tag for red banana, is now in the process of getting trademark to increase its marketing value as an incentive for farmers to take up cultivation in more areas.

    Kamalapur Bananas will be getting global tag soon :-) :banana::banana:
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  • Neera is back in business


    Five coconut parks have been proposed to promote value-added products from the coconut, such as neera, palm syrup, palm jaggery and palm sugar.

    Amendments will be made in the Excise Act to remove the bottlenecks to promotion, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in his budget speech on Friday. These value-added products will also receive tax benefits. The State had in the past witnessed protests by farmers seeking rights to tap neera, and a draft neera policy was also ready in 2007.

    Coconut is being cultivated on 11.7 lakh acres in the State and the government has proposed to provide 25 per cent subsidy, matching the subsidy provided by the Coconut Development Board, for the processing units.

    Among others, encouragement would be given to grow alternative crops in arecanut plantations that are economically feasible. As much as Rs. 2 crore has been set aside in the budget for this.

    For pomegranate growers struggling to contain bacterial blight attack, there is an allocation of Rs. 12.5 crore as financial aid, which matches the Union government’s assistance.

    Drip irrigation

    As much as Rs. 243.76 crore has been set aside for expanding the horticulture area under drip irrigation. While horticulture crops are being cultivated in 20 lakh hectares, 3.62 lakh is at present under drip irrigation. A subsidy of 90 per cent has been announced for farmers from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, while 75 per cent subsidy has been announced for other farmers.

    Organic cultivation has received a boost with Rs. 25 crore earmarked to bring 82,500 acres under organic cultivation.

    Allocation of Rs. 12.5 crore to pomegranate growers

    Encouragement to grow alternative crops in arecanut plantations
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  • High-speed milk packing machine
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    BUDGET 2013-14: Milk for kids, but no storage facility

    BUDGET 2013-14: Tax sweeteners for sugar factories
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  • Trials indicate Kokum may reduce sugar levels

    good news for food industries targeting kokum.
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  • 60 Agri Export Zones Set up

    The Government has setup several Agri Export Zones in different parts of the country. The details of 60 AEZs set-up in different part of the country state -wise and location-wise are as follow. All the 60 AEZs notified by DGFT have completed their span of five years. Annexure – I



    Karnataka (Tumkur, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Hassan, Kolar, Chitradurga, Dharwad and Bagalkot)

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    Karnataka (Bangalore Urban,Bangalore (Rural), Kolar


    Karnataka (Bangalore(Urban) Bangalore(Rural), Kolar, Tumkur, Kodagu and Belgaum)


    Karnataka (Districts of Dakshin Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Kodagu, Chickamagalur)
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  • CFTRI to ink pact with K’taka govt to set up nutra. park at Rs 42.5 cr

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 08:00 IST Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru

    The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, has announced that it would be inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner with the Karnataka government in setting up a nutraceutical food park in joint venture at Mysore.

    Positioned as India's first nutraceutical park, it would come up on the institute’s 90 acre campus at Maragowdanahalli, near Mysore, where an area of 2.5 acre of land has been demarcated. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 42.5 crore with the state government being major partner contributing Rs 38 crore and CFTRI taking care of the rest, according to Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, director, CFTRI. He revealed this information at a press conclave.

    It was in 2010, that the state government during the Bangalore India Bio under the leadership of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had made an announcement to this effect. The former CM had said, “Karnataka being home to five of the top 10 biotech companies would have sector-specific biotech parks to be established in Mysore, Mangalore, Dharwad and Bidar. The nutraceutical park was also envisaged in Mysore going by the presence of two leading institutes of food research: the CFTRI and the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL).

    Explaining the concept, Prof. Rajasekharan stated, “This park would act as centre to develop and market novel food products. It will double up as an incubation centre for entrepreneurs to experiment with their ideas.”

    Nutraceuticals are products derived from food sources that supply additional health benefits besides providing basic nutritional value found in foods.

    "We will act as an active partner to entrepreneurs for development and marketing novel food products. The idea is to promote locally available food sources by scientifically validating its medicinal value," said Prof. Rajasekharan.

    Like for example, if we validate the therapeutic use of turmeric, something which we are using for centuries to heal fresh cuts, we can help an entrepreneur to develop a product like adhesive bandages using turmeric to heal the wound.

    B R Lokesh, the senior scientist who is working on the project, stated that the scientific validation is key to promote Indian origin food sources. It is commonly known that turmeric has curative power. If we establish it scientifically, we can help our farmers get higher returns and also could introduce its benefits to greater audience. CFTRI will also study effects of nutraceuticals on genetics.

    “As precursor to this, the CFTRI Bengaluru facility, would open a Lipodomic Centre (LIPICS). The objective of this facility would be to view the various mechanisms operating at the gene level with regard to lipid production and digestion. It stated that the LIPICS is also taking up studies on plants like Ocimum (tulasi) to determine its effects on health. The CFTRI is also working to unravel the role of nutrition at molecular levels pointing out that deciphering the roles that different nutritional elements ply at the molecular level helps to understand why nutritional elements behave differently in different circumstances and vary from person to person,” said Prof. Rajasekharan

    "We are also looking at development of high protein beverages from plants, which is aimed at providing sustainable process that supplements agricultural income as well as form sources of additional nutrition," he added.

    In 2013, the Indian nutraceutical market is estimated to be worth $95 billion with a CAGR of 21 per cent. Currently, the segment is dominated by pharmaceutical companies and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies, with a few pure-play nutraceutical majors - British Biologicals, GSK Consumer Division and Abbot Nutrition – also in fray.
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