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Research project on Kinnow awarded to MRSPTU food science staffers

Punjab Tribune Bureau | July 04, 2019 07:54 PM

BATHINDA: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India has awarded a research project on Kinnow storage and value addition to Dr. Sukhvinder Singh and Dr. Kawaljit Singh Sandhu of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda.

This project aims to carry out research on Utilization of Kinnow for value added product development for sustainable growth of kinnow growers in Punjab and neighbouring states.

Dr. Kawaljit Singh Sandhu, Head of the Department said the project sanctioned amount is Rs. 26.33 lakh. The Project will be completed during next 3 years, which will help kinnow growers and diversification in horticulture.

Kinnow is produced in abundance in North India, particularly in Punjab, Haryana and Sri Ganganagar area of Rajasthan. Though, the fresh fruit is juicy and delicious but it cannot be stored for longer durations. Storage of kinnow juice, however, results in bitterness primarily due to Naringin, bittering compound present in kinnow.

With no processing facility available, kinnow growers were forced to distress sale of their crop to middle man at through away prices.

It may be mentioned here that the farmers in Bathinda and adjoining regions had grown Kinnow in large areas, but during the past few years, the  majority of them uprooted  kinnow orchards because the  farming has not fetched them lucrative price as compared to other commercial crops.

Dr. Sukhvinder Singh will work on various techniques to reduce the bitterness of kinnow juice so that the processing is feasible. The extracted bittering compound will be used elsewhere as it also has antimicrobial properties.

While explaining,  Dr. Sandhu  said   Punjab is facing serious Agrarian crisis due to Wheat- Paddy cycle and  marginalized farmers of Punjab are going through tough phase resulting into distress and suicides. Diversification in horticulture, if made sustainable will go a long way in helping the peasantry in Punjab, he added.

Department of Food Science and Technology, MRSPTU  in a very short span have managed to mark its presence at national level by providing advanced research in the field of Food Sciences.   This is the second project bagged by the Department within a year from DST. The first one was on carrying out research on antioxidant and flour properties of pearl millet crop grown in Punjab and neighbouring states.

While congratulating the Dr. Kawaljit Singh Sandhu and Dr. Sukhvinder Singh  for bringing laurels to the department and  making MRSPTU proud in whole country, MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mohan Paul Singh Ishar and Registrar, Dr. Ashish Baldi  wished them best for future endeavors.

 

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