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Focus on spice processing and technological adoption for agriculture development, Spice symposium


  • CNM Reporter 

The country should focus on Nano encapsulation technology, cryogrinding technology and artificial intelligence for improving cultivation as well as quality of agriculture products, viewed delegates of Sysmac X, on Thursday.
The second day of Symsac X, the international Symposium on Spices as Flavours, Fragrances and Functional Foods discussed the importance Spices-Processing and Value Addition as well as Cutting Edge Technologies for Plant
health, two major areas in agriculture.Delivering his lead talk Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan from Indian Institute of
Food Processing Technology stressed the importance of sustainability strategies for food industry. Localised product and localised industry should be evolved for improved food processing, he said adding that the availability of raw material at all areas can have impact on transportation cost and revenue.

“We can make use of Nano technology for Farming, food processing, food production, food packaging and retailing,” he said. Appropriate use of encapsulation technology can even improve the life expectancy of the people as it will assure the intake of all micronutrients in the correct level, he said.

Dr. R. T. Patil, Former Director, ICAR- CIPHET (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology) also stressed on technological adoption for assuring the quality of spice products. Post-harvest protocols influences the
quality of spice. Cool grinding and proper packaging can do wonders, he pointed out.Two session discussed the importance of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture and food processing. Dr. Ganesh Bagler from Indraprastha Institute of
Information Technology presented the topic Computational gastronomy:Levering artificial intelligence for data-driven food and  Debasis Dan,Principal Data Scientist Manager, Microsoft India presented a topic on AI applications for agriculture.

Topics including value addition and its importance for higher return, new markets and to extend market seasons presented by  Sushama Sreekandath, Genomics of non-model crops by Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney,International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Gene editing and other novel strategies for crop improvement by Dr. Akshaya K. Biswal from International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre and Next generation RNA based pesticides for sustainable crop protection by Prof. Neena Mitter;Director; Centre for Horticultural Science; Queensland also discussed technological aspects in spices processing and cultivation. Geemon Korah also presented a paper on Spice processing and value addition: An industry perspective.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram; Deputy Director generation (Agri. Engg.); Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale; Director; ICAR-CIPHET, Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Former Director, ICAR-IISR and Dr. Anitha Karun, Director,ICAR-CPCRI chaired the sessions. The symposium will conclude on Friday.

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