Packaging of Fresh and Processed Foods

Gangtok, November 23 (IPR): A two-day capacity building and training programme on “Packaging of Fresh and Processed Foods” was conducted here at Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Training and Extension Hall, Gangtok today.
The programme was organized under Pradhan Mantri Formalization of “Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme” (PMFME) under the aegis of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of Sikkim and Indian Institute of Packaging, Kolkata Centre. A total number of forty-five participants registered for the training programme.
The (PMFME) scheme launched under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, is a centrally sponsored scheme with an objective to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry and to promote formalization of the sector and provide support to FPOs, SHGs, and Cooperative societies to add further value to their products through attractive packaging methods.
Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri H.K. Sharma in his inaugural address said that packaging plays a vital role in marketing the product at national and international level. He said that the State of Sikkim has all the products but lacks the knowledge of packaging to market the product. The main objective of the two-day programme was training on packaging of Sikkimese products to the general public of the State.
Various subjects such as principles and functions of Packaging for Fresh and Processed Foods, Packaging of Fresh Foods, Processed Foods and Packaging of fruits and vegetables. Live demonstration and Screening of Video and Packaging Operation for Food Products and Packaging of Food Products were also displayed during the programme.
The second day of the programme will include Testing and Evaluation of Packaging Materials for Food Products, Thermoforming- Skin and Blister Packaging for Food Products of MSME Entrepreneurs and Bar Coding for Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The programme is also scheduled to have an interactive session and distribution of training certificates.
The programme had the presence of Director, MSME, Commerce and Industries Department, Shri Ravikumar, Deputy Director-cum-Branch Head, Institute of Indina Packaging, Kolkata Centre, Shri Bidhan Das, members from FPOs, SIMFED, Temi Tea Estate, Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, Spices Board, various Co-operative societies, rural and urban Self-Help Groups, individual entrepreneurs and individuals involved on food processing sector