Value Addition: Agro Produce (E)
India is a country of farmers and farming. Indian farmers toil hard in fields to ensure our food and nutritional security but the income of our farmers is quite uncertain. Hence, the Government has made a strong commitment to double farmers’ income by 2022. Value-addition of agro-produce is one such most effective methodology to enhance profitability and income of the farmers. The wide range of topography and climatic conditions make India advantageous for producing a large variety of crops. The possibilities of processing some of these crops into value-added items are profuse, but the potential remains untapped mainly due to the limited technology base and awareness among farmers. We undertook a journey to explore the science and technology-based value-addition in various popular crops, such as orange, star fruit, soybean, tamarind and pineapple.