Farmers and entrepreneurs of Pudukottai district underwent a day-long training in 'value addition in amla' at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Vamban near here on Tuesday.

A group of scientists from the kendra explained the nutrient value of amla and its health benefits.

They said that the produce, rich in vitamin C, also contained calcium, phosphorous and potassium.

Inaugurating the training, M.Asokan, Professor and Head of the Kendra, said that several parts of the district were ideally suited for raising amla.

Value addition was a vital need for not only marketing amla but ensuring higher returns.

Farmers, through simple techniques, could turn entrepreneurs by making and marketing value-added products.

The chief product, with a longer shelf life was pickles.

Entrepreneurs could also produce juice and squash besides candy from amla, he said.

K.Geetha, assistant professor, said that although the crop was raised in a large area, farmers realised less returns because of the lack of value addition.

She said that women farmers could also be involved in making value-added products.

A question hour session was organised to clarify farmers' doubts. A practical session on making amla juice followed . Scientists explained hygienic ways of preparing value-added products.