Training on food preservation for Self Help Group (SHGs) was sponsored by Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Mokokchung and organized by Women in Agriculture, DAO Mokokchung on August 24 at DAOs Conference hall, Mokokchung.
Joint director, State Agri Research Station (SARS) and project director ATMA, W. Tekatoshi in key note address explained that India is one of the leading producer of fruits and vegetables in the World producing 47 matric ton of fruits and 81 matric ton of vegetables annually.
However, due to lack of proper preservation facilities India suffer the loss of fruits and vegetables amounting from 20-24 thousand crore rupees every year, he added. He said through food preservation, available of products only in seasons, could be made available through out the year, besides improving the economy.
Speaking on food preservation, technical officer, Temsuinla Jamir said in olden days, food preservation was practiced by people by applying different techniques. She added that it was not only through machines or formal trainings that food could be preserved, but every individual could do it in their own ways. She also expressed that it was not only the availability of food items but proper preservation of food helped in family economy as well.
The training programme was attended by representatives from different SHGs in the district as well as interested individuals. The programme was chaired by Agri Officer Mokokchung, Maongsangla.