Recently, concluded the Agri Intex 2018 after the four days rush packed presentation by the farming companies, including the Krishi Jagran as Media Partner in Codissia Trade Fair Grounds. Farm Machinery, Tyres, Seeds and Agrochemicals and the Organic produce. Jackfruit icecream was also the centre of attraction in this summer.

Jack fruit ice cream is an enjoyable dessert for the hot weather made with fresh and seasonal produce. It is fascinating to see, how the humble jackfruit which we usually associate with savoury dishes, can be transformed so easily into a beautiful sweet treat.

Jackfruit flavoured ice-cream made using millet extract turned out to be an instant hit at Agri Intex 2018.The Codissia Trade Fair Grounds, has always been a crowd-puller. But more so at this edition, with every passer-by waiting in queue to buy a cup of the delicacy before asking for more.

Developed by the students of Food and Dairy Technology, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), the ice-cream was prepared and marketed by members of Cuddalore District Value-added Food Producers’ Society.

PP Manimozhi, a member of the Society, said he underwent training on the use of millet extract for making of ice-cream four months back. “The town Panrutti is known for jackfruits. We decided to use the jackfruit pulp (not essence) in the making of the ice-cream and Agri-Intex as the launch pad for commercialising the product. The response has been overwhelming,” said this 60-year old entrepreneur.

D Bhaskaran, Dean, TANUVAS, said the institute developed such technologies for incorporation by farmers under the Healthy India project. It is a five-year project (2016-21) at an outlay of 275.60 lakh from the Department of Science and Technology - National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board.

“Our students conducted research to reduce the fat content in ice-cream and harped on the idea of using millet extract. We impart training to interested farmers/entrepreneurs as well,” he added.

The institute has also come up with milk-protein enriched noodles for children, refined wheat-flour noodles and fibre-enriched noodles as well.

“It took us close to eight years to develop noodles,” said A Karthiayani, an assistant professor.

Bhaskaran said Omega 3 enriched chocolate and more are on the offing.

 



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