BHUBANESWAR: The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore will send a team of experts to study the feasibility of setting up a training centre and turmeric processing plant in Kandhamal district.
“We would like to send a team of experts/scientists of CFTRI to Kandhamal to assess the requirements/current conditions in Kandhamal and prepare a detailed project report,” CFTRI Director Ram Rajasekharan wrote to the MSME Department.
Rajasekharan’s reply was in response to the State Government’s request for establishing a research institute and turmeric-based industry in Kandhamal.
“On the basis of the findings of our team, we can initially set up a training centre and a small scale pilot plant to help turmeric growers. In due course, we can explore the possibility of a full-fledged resource centre,” the CFTRI Director said.
CFTRI has been mandated to ensure that technical know-how reaches people, especially the farming community. The MSME Department is giving a push to the proposal following a tweet in the twitter account of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requesting for a research institute and an industry-based on turmeric.
“Sir, Please plan for a research institute & an industry based on turmeric at #Kandhamal,” the tweet said. Kandhamal has 38 turmeric-based units and another 76 such units are in the pipeline.