Agro Product Development Research Centre (APDRC), Akola

 

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About Project

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Objectives

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Mandate

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Research and Development Activities

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Research Projects

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Recommendations

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Infracture Facilities

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Extension Activities

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Scientists

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Contact Information

 

About Project

Agro Product Development Research Centre (APDRC), is an independent, non-granted unit established for research and development activities for value addition of agro-horticultural produce and inaugurated at the hands of Hon’ble Shri. Sharad Powar there then Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, on 4th April, 1994. The budgetary provision of the centre has meet out from the self-generated revenue and agency funded projects.

 

Objectives

  1. Research & development of processes and product from the crop produce of the economical important crops of the region.

  2. Encouragement and practical help to farmers / entrepreneurs through demonstration and hand-on training.

  3. Providing technical advice and consultancy services for commercialization of the agro-processing techniques / technologies.

 

Mandate

The core mandate of APDRC is guidance, promotion and helping the peoples for encouragement of agribusiness / entrepreneurship through R & D activities for value addition in agricultural commodities in the region.

 

Research and Development Activities

The first crop tackled by the group of the scientist for value addition was sorghum popularly known as “Jowar” and the technology developed for “Preparation of High-DE Liquid Glucose from whole sorghum and other cereals” awarded patent () by Govt. of India. This sorghum processing technology replaced maize in many food processing industries in India for liquid glucose and grain spirit production. The various value added processes and technologies developed by the centre are-
  1. Production of high-De liquid glucose from whole sorghum grain (Patent No. 190562).
  2. Process for direct conversion of farm fresh turmeric rhizomes in to dry concentrate (Patent pending, C.B.R. No. 663).
  3. Processes for conversion of fruit and vegetable in to the concentrate with out loosing its colour and flavor.
  4. Time reduction process for preparation of tutifruity from unriped papaya.
  5. Process for production of ethanol and syrup from sweet sorghum stalk juice.
  6. Aonla processing technology (Candy, sharbat & Powder).
  7. Small scale, low cost, simple technology and equipment “PKV-Biodiesel Processor” for production of biodiesel from non-edible oil.

 

Research Projects

Projects Completed

  • Establishment of High DE liquid glucose mini plant and studying its market acceptability (State Govt. of MS has sactioned Rs. 22.20 lakhs)
  • Developing sorghum as an efficient biomass and bioenergy crop and providing value addition to the rain damaged kharif grain for creating industrial demand (NATP, Hyderabad, sanctioned 36 lakh)
  • Mass multiplication of bio-fertilizers, bio-control agent and quick decomposing cultures. (A revolving fund scheme of Rs. 15.67 lakh has been sanctioned by ICAR)

On-going Projects

  • “Pilot scale demonstration cum training project on agro-horticultural processing for value addition” funded by Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai.

 

Recommendations

  1. PKV–Turmeric processing technology is recommended for converting farm fresh turmeric rhizomes in to quality turmeric powder within 24 hrs.
  2. “PKV – Biodiesel Processor” based on simple & low cost technology is recommended for domestic production of quality biodiesel from Jatropha oil.
  3. PKV-Tuttifruity technology is recommended for converting papaya in to cherry with in 12 hrs.

 

Infrastructure Facilities

Pilot plants for demonstration & hand-on training

1. Liquid glucose
2. Turmeric powder
3. Fruit and vegetable concentrates

4. Papaya tutti-fruity
5. Biodiesel
6. Solar dryer
Processing Equipments
1. Grinder and Pulverisers
2. Oven drier
3. Packaging machine
4. Cum / Glass mouth sealer
5. Basket centrifuge
Laboratory equipments
1. Thermospectronic (Genesys 20)
2. Water activity meter, Decagon device (AQUALITE)
3. pH meter: Microprocessor based (ORION 3)
4. Protein Analyser (PELICAN)
5. Fat and Oil Analyser (PELICAN)
6. Deep freezer (REMI RQF 265 Horizontal)
7. Refrigerated Centrifuge (IEC)
8. Magnetic stirrer
9. Vortex Mixture
10. Vaccum pump
11. Water batch
12. Balance
13. Refractometer
14. Polarimeter
15. Laboratory oven
16. Laminar Flow
17. Seed Germinator
Training Hall
Training hall of seating capacity of 50 trainees.

 

BiodieselMobile   LiquidGlucosePlant
Biodiesel Demonstration Mobile Unit   Liquid Glucose Pilot Plant
PapayaCherry   TractorOnBiodiesel
Papaya tuttifruity Cherry   Tractor run on Biodiesel
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Generator run on Biodiesel   Power tiller testing on Biodiesel
WaterPump   TurmericRhizomes
WaterPump run on biodiesel in farmers training programme   Farm fresh turmeric rhizomes in to dry concentrate

 

 

Extension Activity

Exhibition, Kisan Melawa, Guest lectures etc.

 

Contact Information

Dr. Sanjay Bhoyar
Officer in Charge
Agro Product Development Research Centre
Dr. PDKV, Akola- 444104 (MS)

Email : apdrc@pdkv.ac.in
Phone no. : 0724 2258192


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