The Food Development Centre (FDC) of Manitoba Government, Canada, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anand Agriculture University (AAU) at the recently concluded Agri Tech Summit in the state.
The two have tied up for “strategic partnership” for knowledge transfer and collaboration of food processing technology for which an FDC will come up in the AAU premises. The state government has allocated Rs 9.17-crore fund for setting up of the FDC and a working capital of Rs 1.8 crore will be provided soon.
“Many companies face technical challenges when it comes to undertaking pilot testing of new products. Now, they can rent out space at the FDC, undertake test production there, scale it up before producing it at their manufacturing units. In Gujarat, we look forward to develop innovations in agro-food processing, food security technology, agro-engineering research, health and nutritional products, baking products, and developing technologies that increase shelf life of food products. The new FDC staff at Anand will be trained by our product development scientists, who will show them how to look at product recipe, test them and how to scale up,” said Robin Young, India Manager for FDC, Manitoba.
FDC is a special operating agency of the Province of Manitoba that enables the agri-food industry to capture new markets and add value to agricultural commodities. It currently handles around 40 prototypes for 35-odd Canadian companies in a year.