DBT & IIT Kharag­pur have de­vel­oped a tech­nol­ogy on rice for­ti­fi­ca­tion

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The Depart­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy (DBT) through R&D sup­port to IIT Kharag­pur has de­vel­oped a tech­nol­ogy on rice for­ti­fi­ca­tion with iron for ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of anaemia.

The iron-for­ti­fied rice pre­mix is pro­duced through ex­tru­sion process us­ing bro­ken rice ker­nels. This pre­mix re­sem­bles the nor­mal rice ker­nel in shape and size and when mixed with nor­mal rice in the ra­tion of 1:100 pro­vides 50 per cent of rec­om­mended daily al­lowance (RDA) of iron. This tech­nol­ogy can also be used to for­tify rice with other mi­cronu­tri­ents as well.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion given by Y.S. Chowdary, Min­is­ter of State for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy and Earth Sci­ences, “A pi­lot scale unit with a ca­pac­ity of 100 kg/ hr/shift has been com­mis­sioned at IIT-Kharag­pur. The tech­nol­ogy is ready for demon­stra­tion and trans­fer to prospec­tive en­trepreneurs. The same can be com­mer­cialised. How­ever, for in­tro­duc­tion in the gov­ern­ment pro­grammes such as mid-day meal Scheme & ICDS to ad­dress mi­cronu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies in chil­dren, DBT would be will­ing to set up pi­lot scale pro­duc­tion unit in states who would be in­ter­ested. Ac­cord­ingly, an MOU could be ex­e­cuted be­tween DBT and the re­spec­tive state gov­ern­ment de­part­ments”.

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