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People should know more about new technologies: Inamdar

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE JULY 9. The Minister for Tourism and Information Technology, D.B. Inamdar, on Wednesday said in a country where myths and traditional methods of food preparation thrived, people might be consuming unhealthy food.

Mr. Inamdar was speaking here at the convocation of the International School of Milling Technology course and the certificate-award ceremony of the M.Sc. (Food Technology) course at the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI).

He said research institutes ought to throw light on issues pertaining to new technologies. People needed to know more about the use of new technologies such as genetically modified (GM) crops and food. Regarding self-sufficiency in food production, Mr. Inamdar said India did not grow what it required, and so, it depended on imports for a long time. But, with the use of technologies and farming techniques India had advanced from a food deficit nation to a food surplus nation. Today, the country was in a position to export foodgrains.

The dependence on agriculture had provided employment opportunities to a large chunk of the country's population. Therefore, small and marginal farmers should be educated about the crops they could grow. Such programmes would improve the quality of life in the rural areas, he said. Urging research institutes such as the CFTRI to help governments formulate policies, he said research institutes were not only about building and infrastructure, they were also about men with a mission.

He also launched the e-Learning initiative, a CFTRI-sponsored Baking Technology course. The Director of CFTRI, V. Prakash, was present on the occasion.

A press release said the advantage of an e-learning course was that it provided a better learning experience. The faculty of CFTRI would clear doubts pertaining to the course.

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