Andhra Pradesh

Meet stresses on adopting best practices in fruit processing centres

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‘Water treatment, proper functioning of boiler control equipment are key issues’

To better equip the fruit processing industries in Chittoor district in facing the environmental challenges and to spread awareness on the best practices, AP Pollution Control Board (APPCB) organised a day-long workshop on ‘Environmental Challenges in Mango Pulp Units,’ here on Friday morning. Addressing the gathering, APPCB Joint Chief Environmental Engineer (Kurnool) T. Rajendra Reddy remarked that treatment of waste water via Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and proper functioning of boiler control equipment i.e., in regulating the smoke and gases, were two major issues with the prevailing fruit processing units. “For more than four decades, Chittoor district is known for housing such fruit processing units, particularly mango, and the pulp is widely exported, besides using it for domestic purpose. Through this workshop, we aim to channel the thoughts of subject matter experts and evolve some of the best practices for the managements of fruit processing units to follow,” he said.

Mr. Reddy said that streamlining the process in 32 fruit processing units in Chittoor district, could fully utilise the sector’s potential and also give scope for further extracting more products from raw fruit pulp.

Detailed presentation

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) Chief Scientist S.M. Aaradhya and JSS Mahavidyapeetha Registrar K.S. Lokesh gave a detailed presentation on ‘Integrated Post Harvest Technology for Mango’ and ‘Facilities for Waste Water Treatment’ respectively.

Several stakeholders, including those from A.P. Fruit Processors Federation, spoke on the challenges involved, owing to the seasonal business and emphasised on the need for utilising the potential of the pulp for producing quality products. They asserted that there has been a huge gap between skill and knowledge in the industry and spoke on the prevailing issues such as waste water disposal, solid waste disposal, installation of bag filters to boilers and much more.

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