Technology Transfer Centers

AIP addresses technology translation opportunities to strengthen the competitive advantage of Indian farmers by introducing innovations all throughout the supply chain. AIP stresses the premise that farmer prosperity results from innovative technologies combined with optimum policy and regulatory compliance that increase productivity through improved access to technology. One of the important interventions planned under AIP is to support the establishment of an Office of Technology Transfer & Commercialization (OTTC) in the partner universities to help capture intellectual property and its licensing for technology dissemination.

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  • After enabling Meghalee Food Products adopt the technology of preparing meat and fish pickle from Assam Agricultural University (AAU), the Agricultural Innovation Partnership, yet again facilitated the adoption of this successful technology to JM Foods, a local enterprise in Assam. The chicken and fish pickle was commercially launched on 25 June, 2014 in Nagaon, Assam. Key delegates from AIP and AAU were present during the product launch. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Jerna Medhi, Proprietor, JM Foods, said, “ We are very grateful to Agricultural Innovation Partnership & Assam Agricultural University for helping us in adopting this technology and in creating these pickles. The hands-on training we received from AIP program has benefitted us enormously”.

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  • A day long training workshop on product development and manufacturing of fish, chicken pickle and hygienic dry fish was held at the facilities of JM Foods, Nagaon on 4 June, 2014. The hands-on training was organized to transfer the unique technology developed by Assam Agricultural University to JM Foods. The training focused on aspects like recipe, production process, hygiene, quality control, ingredient specification, regulatory aspects, food safety measures, labeling, pricing and product distribution strategy. A pilot batch of both chicken and fish pickle were prepared under the guidance of product developers from AAU.

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  • A technology transfer event was organized at Assam Agricultural University, Khanpara Campus on 22 March, 2014. A MoU was signed between JM Foods, a local entrepreneur and Assam Agricultural University. AIP-AAU’s successful initiative of development of fish & meat pickle has gained good market share in Assam since its technology transfer to local entrepreneurs earlier in 2013. As precedent of this successful commercialization and looking at the popularity of the product, a pickle manufacturer from Guwahati, “J M Foods” decided to adopt this technology of manufacturing pickles from AAU, Jorhat. Ms. Jarna Medhi, a small entrepreneur from Nagaon involved in manufacturing of vegetarian pickles, Jam Squash etc will now avail the benefits of this technology.

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  • AIP product development team which comprises of faculty from partner universities, product development expert from US and commercial expert, has developed minimally processed food products with unique health benefits and superior taste for Indian as well as export market and are available for adoption and commercialization by food processors.

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  • Traditionally, the research activities conducted at Indian State Agriculture Universities are not convergent with market trends & opportunities and the benefits fail to reach the industry and small entrepreneurs. Even a product with sound technical and scientific support remains only on paper and never hits the market. In this regard, Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) streamlines the research activities of agriculture universities based on market trends and empowers local entrepreneurs by transferring this technology for commercial use. In order to bring that market approach and product development expertise; AIP combined Product Development & Food Science expertise of Dr. Dhyaneshvar Chawan (Srim Enterprises, US), pool of skilled human resources along with well equipped lab facilities of BHU and marketing expertise of Sathguru Management Consultants.

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  • A consultative meeting on technology transfer and commercialization was held at Taj Deccan in Hyderabad on July 23, 2012 to address technology translation opportunities to strengthen the competitive advantage of the farmers by introducing innovations all throughout the supply chain. The meeting was attended by six Indian partner universities and Cornell University, USA. The one-day meeting was organized with an aim to support establishing Offices of Technology Transfer & Commercialization (OTTC) in the state agricultural universities and to educate the participants on intellectual property and its licensing for technology dissemination. The meeting helped each participant get an insight into the role of technology transfer and licensing in commercializing various agricultural products.

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  • In line with its technology adoption and income improvement activities for wheat farmers in the Indo-Gangetic plains, AIP supported the visit of a team of wheat scientists to Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The training workshop addressed wheat rust surveillance, data collection and monitoring strategies. Held March 1-3, 2012, and led by Cornell University and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the program added substantial value towards enhancing the scientific community’s knowledge base towards the current developments in wheat management in the Indo-Gangetic plains.

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