CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) on Friday celebrated the 75th anniversary of its parent body, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, and its foundation day here on its campus.
Rakesh Kumar Sharma, director, DFRL, Mysuru was the chief guest and Jitendra J. Jadhav, director, CSIR-CFTRI presided over the function.
As part of the celebrations, employees who retired in the past year and those who completed 25 years of service were felicitated.
Prizes were distributed to children of the staff for their outstanding performances in academics and sports and winners of the various competitions held as a part of the celebrations.
The prizes were also presented to winners of the competitions held as part of the ‘Hindi Fortnight’ celebrations.
The dignitaries also gave away the annual institute awards on the occasion.
Mr. Sharma, who delivered the Foundation Day lecture, said food processing can play an important role in minimising post-harvest loss which is around 1.3 billion tonnes in the country.
There has been a jump in the quantum of imported processed foods than foods exported from the country and this needs to be reversed, he added.
Mr. Sharma said hunger causes more deaths in the country than diseases such as tuberculosis.