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Low-cost cold storage facility set up by Biotechnology Department, GITAM – Vizag

Low-cost cold storage facility set up by Biotechnology Department, GITAM – Vizag

GITAM Deemed to be University’s Biotechnology Department built a low-cost cold storage facility for storing biological samples under controlled conditions. Vice Chancellor K. Sivaramakrishna officially opened the facility on Thursday. The storage facility will be transferred to the ‘Fruit Vendor’s Cooperative Society’ for ongoing maintenance.

Key Highlight:

  • GITAM Deemed to be University’s Biotechnology Department built a low-cost cold storage facility for storing biological samples under controlled conditions.
  • The project aims to improve the income levels of fruit vendors from Scheduled Castes.
  • After the current project ends, the University will form a ‘Fruit Vendor’s Cooperative Society’ to take over the storage facility’s upkeep.

GITAM Deemed University’s Biotechnology Department built a low-cost controlled atmosphere storage facility on campus. Vice-Chancellor K. Sivaramakrishna officially opened the facility on Thursday.

To help fruit vendors in Visakhapatnam district, the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) approved a grant to GITAM Deemed to be University to train them on packaging methods for fruit preservation using natural and synthetic packaging materials. The project aims to improve the income levels of fruit vendors from Scheduled Castes.

According to Prof. Sivaramakrishna, the Biotechnology Department has been actively involved in several training programs that have directly benefited farmers and unemployed youth in the city and its environs. After the current project ends, the University will form a ‘Fruit Vendor’s Cooperative Society’ to take over the storage facility’s upkeep.

As the project’s lead researcher Sk. Khasim Beebi explained that many fruits were rotting away because of a lack of storage, packaging, and processing facilities. Small fruit vendors, in particular, had little access to cold storage. According to her, SC fruit vendors with low income will be selected from each village as part of a training program at the new facility because DST has approved the project as part of its SC Sub-Plan.

They will also learn about natural and synthetic packaging materials for fruit preservation, and female fruit vendors will learn about making jams and purees and sealing and storing them using natural and synthetic preservatives.

Venkateswara Rao, Vice-Principal of GITAM Institute of Technology, expressed his hope that improving the living standards of SC fruit vendors would be achieved through the training programs as well as the processing methods for jams and purees preparation, bottling and sealing.

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