The Industries Department will be organising a two-day technology clinic for agro-food processing industries in the district at the Elite Continental auditorium in Thiruvalla on January 22 and 23.

Addressing a prèss conference here on Saturday, D. Rajendran, District Industries Centre manager, said Mathew T. Thomas, MLA, would inaugurate the programme and Sheela Varghese, municipal chairperson, will preside over the inaugural function.

V.N. Jithendran, District Collector, will deliver the keynote address.

K. Sudheer, Additional Director of Industries and Commerce, will give an introduction to the Entrepreneur Support Programme of the Industries department at the technical session, later.

Prof C.S. Purushothaman, former director of SIES School of Packaging in Mumbai, will talk on various aspects of the packaging concept. N. Anandavally, Food Safety Consultant of the United Nations, will deliver a lecture on various aspects of Food Safety Act and on the ‘basic critical hazards analysis in food safety’ at 2.15 p.m. on Tuesday. Alex Thomas, Tierra Food India Pvt Limited, will talk on the present trends in the food processing sector. P. Unnikrishnan, Food Safety Officer in Pathanamthitta, will talk on implementation of the Food Safety Act and G. Padmaja, scientist at Central Tuber Crops Research Institute in Thiruvananthapuram, will deliver a lecture on various value-added products of tuber crops on Wednesday forenoon.

Varghese Joy of the Bureau of Indian Standards will talk on ISO and ISI standards and formalities, and K.R. Vipin, Inspector of Legal Metrology, formalities in legal metrology and labelling, later, in the afternoon session.

Sreenish Shenoy of Stallion and System Solutions Pvt Limited in Ernakulam will talk the advantages of Bar-coding and Jacob Thomas Alappatt of Eastern Condiments Pvt Limited will speak on value added products of spices, later.

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