Tezpur: The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), AFSTI Tezpur chapter, will organize the 27th ICFoST (Indian Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists), hosted by the Department of Food Engineering and Technology, Tezpur University, from January 30 to February 1.
The theme of the year for the convention is ‘Raising Agro-processing and Integrated Novel Technologies for Boosting Organic Wellness (RAINBOW)’. This theme will focus mainly on the integrated development of organic capital of the country, especially Northeast India, to promote agro-processing, food safety and the advanced technologies for enhancing organic wellness.
During the conference, more than 50 leading food scientists, researchers and policymakers across the country (CFTRI, Mysuru, DRDO, New Delhi, DFRL, Mysuru, IIT, Kharagpur, IIFPT, Thanjavur, NIFTEM, Sonipat and SLIET and many more) will share their experience and knowledge and the young students will share their innovative ideas to fulfill the objectives of the convention. The food industry personal from across the country (Exelon Foodbio Advisors Private Limited, Mumbai, Marico Mumbai, Kaleesuwari Refinery Private Limited, Chennai, Food Ingredient Specialities Private Limited, Chennai, Adani-Wilmar, Suhana, FIL, and Johnson & Johnson) will also attend the convention for bridging the gap between academia and industry. NABARD and FSSAI are also actively participating in the event. A food and wellness expo will also be organized during the convention. The convention will be inaugurated on January 30 at Tezpur University, Tezpur, in the presence of Dr. AK Singh, DG Life Sciences, DRDO, as chief guest. The organizing patrons, Prof. Vinod Kumar Jain, the Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University, Dr. KSMS Raghavarao Director, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru, and Dr. Anil Dutt Semwal, Director DRDO-DFRL, Mysuru, and president of AFSTI, Dr. V Baskaran will grace the inaugural event.
AFSTI officials said the AGBM of the AFSTI would also be organized during the conference. Dr. Sankar C. Deka, president of AFSTI Tezpur chapter, made an appeal to the academicians, industry and other stakeholders to attend the convention. He said, “This convention will provide a platform to all stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on the subject of food processing and organic foods. The organizers are confident that the outcome will provide directions to the policymakers and administrators for quality assurance and overall improvement of the food supply system.”