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Conference on Efficient Food Processing for Climate Change Trends (EFFECT) highlights need of sustainability

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The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Govt. of India, and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli (NIFTEM-K), an Institute of National Importance, organized a two-day national conference on Efficient Food Processing for Environmental and Climate-Change Trends (EFFECT), on May 15-16 in New Delhi. The event brought together scientists, researchers, administrators and industry experts to deliberate the pressing challenges facing the food processing industry in the wake of climate change.

In his keynote address, Dr. R. T. Patil, Former Director, ICAR-CIPHET and advisor at Tanusha Foods (Bhopal), said that to thrive in a changing climate, the food processing industry must proactively address challenges like rising temperatures, water scarcity, and energy fluctuations through strategic adaptation measures.

In order to maintain food processing sustainability in the future, C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director, CSIR-NIIST (Trivandrum), highlighted the importance of the 3Ps, i.e., production, processing, and packaging of the food. He concluded his session with the words of Mahatma Gandhi, saying, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

Later, Dr. C.R. Mehta, Director, ICAR-CIAE (Bhopal), moderated a panel discussion on ‘Adapting Food Processing Machinery to a Climate Change’ with the eminent panelists, including Shri. Ranit Rana, Vice President, International Business, Jindal Steel; Mr. Shashidhar Subramanya, Head, Corporate Technologies, BUHLER Group; Dr. K. Narsaiah, ADG (Process Engg.), ICAR, New Delhi; and Dr. N. Venkatachalapathy, Dean (R&IC), Dept. of Food Engineering, NIFTEM-T.

In the 5th and final session of the conference, speakers talked about the importance of advanced technologies for facilitating decision-making during supply chain management. Prof. Ramesh Kastur, IIIT Bangalore; Dr. Rahul Katarya, Professor, DTU; Shri. Jagadeesh Sunkad, Strategic Marketing and Collaborations Officer, Zentron Labs (Bangalore); Dr. V. Eyarkai Nambi, Associate Professor, NIFTEM-T; and Dr. Prasanna Kumar G.V., Professor, NIFTEM-K, were part of this session.

The conference concluded with the award distribution ceremony for the winners of the poster presentations.

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