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Academia-Industry Link Focused on Promoting Food Technology – Journal

RAWALPINDI: Speakers at a conference stressed the need to strengthen the link between academia, industry and government and said that manufacturers are interested in food technology and they are focused on government and universities for helpful advice and research.

The 31st two-day “All Pakistan Food Science Conference and Food and Nutrition Exhibition” kicked off at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University in Rawalpindi on Friday.

The conference is organized by the university’s Institute of Food and Nutrition Sciences.

Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi, Chairman of the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), was the keynote guest at the inaugural session.

In his address, Dr. Abidi said that the food sector has enormous potential and opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs and suggested adopting modern nutrition practices in line with global standards.

He said that vitamins, their use and importance should be integrated into our food chain and that there was an urgent need to develop solutions by tackling malnutrition with a particular focus on women and girls.

He hopes that the conference will provide an excellent opportunity for participants, especially the scientific community, policy makers and food industry, to excel in their field for the direct or indirect benefit of consumers.

He appreciated the efforts of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Qamaruz Zaman, in promoting food technology education.

Dr Zaman stressed the need to strengthen the link between academia, industry and government and said that manufacturers were interested in food technology and they were focusing on government and academia for guidance. and useful research.

He emphasized quality research to solve the problem of food security and said the arid university was improving its program in the field of food technology.

He said the National Center for Industrial Biotechnology has been established, which will not only be helpful in the food technology sector but also in other fields to increase the country’s exports by maintaining international standards.

PCSIR and the university also collaborate in food technology and organize capacity building programs, he said.

A large number of young food scientists and technologists from public and private sector institutes, industry and R&D organizations will present their research results and share their ideas with the participants through presentations orals and posters.

During the food fair, about 35 food and nutrition supervision booths were set up to provide visitors with guidelines.

Earlier, Dr. Anwar Ahmad elaborated the aims and objectives of the conference and talked about the research activities and outcomes related to safety, quality, value addition, processing technologies and nutritional aspects of the food sector.

Posted in Dawn, March 19, 2022