‘80 percent of fruits in Manipur end up rotting yearly’

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IMPHAL, November 8 (NNN): Nearly 80 percent of the different fruits available in Manipur end up rotting every year, but these fruits can be changed into a money-spinning business if they are kept through preservation and processing methods, Manipur chapter of National Mission for Food Processing (NMFP) Deputy Director Ch Joykumar has said.

Joykumar said this while participating in a two-day seminar on “Food Preservation & Processing to the Educated Unemployed Youth of Imphal East” organised by UMA Foundation at Heingang Makha Leikai community hall.

He said the Government of India has been taking up various missions to prevent different food items from wasting and rotting and to improve food production in the country.

Joykumar said the National Mission for Food Processing 2013-14 launched by the Government has been organisning workshops and seminars in all the states, adding the mission will continue till 2017.

He said 80 percent of fruits like mango, lemon, orange, heikru, heithum and many others end up rotting every year in the state, which can be preserved and make beverages to earn huge money.

Appealing to all to join the training programmes conducted by the Manipur chapter of NMFP, he said every person who has received training on food preservation can start fruit preserving business at home.

Joykumar also informed that those who are interested in setting up food processing unit can effortlessly get the facility.

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