TAWANG, Jul 10: A demonstration and training program on the utilization of a multipurpose food and millet processing unit was organized today by CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Branch Laboratory Itanagar, in collaboration with the District Agriculture Officer, Tawang. The event took place at the community hall of Namet Village and was attended by sixty-five farmers, scientists from KVK Tawang, and field functionaries of the agricultural department.

Participating as the chief guest, EAC Kitpi, T Kakki emphasized the importance of maintaining hygiene while processing value-added food products. He encouraged farmers to adopt scientific cultivation practices with a special focus on organic farming. Agronomist L Zimba advised the farmers to utilize the processing machinery to its fullest extent and to maintain it properly.

During the technical session, senior principal scientist at CSIR-NEIST, Dr Chandan Tamuly, highlighted the importance and potential impact of food processing technologies for value addition. Entomologist KB Kayastha discussed various aspects of packaging and marketing processed food items for profitability. Practical demonstrations on millet and multipurpose food processing units were also conducted. Subsequently, the processing machinery was handed over to the villagers.

Similar programs are scheduled to be held in Teli and Pamaghar villages of the district.