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Call for need based research in food tech

Posted on Dec 06, 08:43PM | UNI

Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Thanjavur today stressed that the country lacked commitment to science and said need-based research in food technology was essential to produce food and make them available for the poor.

Inaugurating the two-day 22nd Indian Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists on 'SAFEST (Safety Assurance of Foods through Emerging Science and Technology) Innovations,' organised by Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India (AFST-I) here, Dr Alagusundaram said the 'Safety of food was essential today. Though many countries have banned the use of chemicals in food crops, India continues to use them indiscriminately. By 2014, the use of Methyl Bromide will be banned in the country. There was a need to work on the alternative for chemicals,' the scientist said.

Quality of human resource in research works related to science has reduced he regretted, and added 'Though advertisements are given, the number of applications received for a job related to science is on a lower side when compared to other streams and choosing skilled human resource from the limited applicants is a tough task.

There is a need for skilled human resource in food technology and youngsters should take up initiative to face new challenges. There was a need to attract youngsters towards science stream,' he added.