Remember the tongue tickling cashew fruit, Cashew apple, which is usually thrown away after taking the nut, can be converted into value added products that can generate good income with minimal investment.
“On an average, 35 tonnes of cashew apple are wasted every year. We can produce about 8 lakh litres of alcohol worth Rs 1,000 crore. The alcohol can be used as substitute for oil imported into the country,” said V.P. Poty, principal scientist, CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division.
Coimbatore is fast emerging as the nano hub of India with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) having prepared the draft for the nano mission for agriculture to help the country ensure food security. The project, which has an ambitious primary outlay of Rs 1,000 crore, promises to provide quality food to the consumer and help the farmer reduce the harvest costs.
The nano mission could also help stem the spiraling inflation. TNAU nanotechnology department head K.S. Subramanian said an array of nano gadgets are in the pipeline to help the common man. These include the nano sensors that the department has been developing. The sensors will alert farmers about diseases that are about to hit his crop. The farmer can take quick measures based on such alerts and prevent his crop from being destroyed. The consumer, on his part, can use nano food packaging to store a bottle of sugarcane juice or banana chips for almost 60 days.
The Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Center of CII is organizing the AgriCon 2011: Conference on Agriculture R & D Trends 2020 on 14th of December 2011 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai, India.
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