The need of value addition is an urgent need of the hour since the concept of fruit preservation and value addition are new to the peoples of Goalpara district, Mrs. Minakshi Borah Kaman, Home Science specialist said. Goalpara district produces large quantity of fruits and vegetables, most of which neither reach the market nor fetch good price. In addition, nutrition deficiency is prevalent in the food habit of the district. To overcome this disparity between abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and nutritional deficiency in the lean seasons, Mrs. Kaman suggested the trainees to adopt various preservation methods.
As a beginning, training cum demonstration on preparation of tomato sauce was conducted. The trainees were also been made aware of need and use of different preservatives.
Mr. Utpal Bhattacharyya, Mr. Biswajit Dey, Mr, Jyotish Barman, Er. Benjamin Kaman, Mr. Ajitabh Bora, from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, also attended the programme, who conveyed the trainees about KVK and stressed on adoption of new technologies to farmers. The officials enquired present status and functioning of the ten SHGs and also guided them probable low cost options to adopt as a beginning.