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IHA & NIFTEM collaborate to strengthen Indian honey industry
Monday, 02 January, 2023, 13 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
India Honey Alliance (IHA), and National Institute of Food Technology & Entrepreneurship Management (NIFTEM), collaborate with an aim to strengthen the creation of a robust honey ecosystem in India.

The agreement includes identification and mutual collaboration in the areas of, testing systems for honey, research and data analysis, training facilitation and any emerging areas in the related fields.

Under the long-term strategic partnership, both the organisations will work together to create scientific systems in terms of food safety, nutrition for honey and bee-keeping products across the country. NIFTEM has recently got the tag of Institute of National Importance and, will use their academic training center to train the bee-keeping and honey community and FBOs, along with assisting in the creation of a robust scientific eco-system for all related products.  

Dr Chindi Vasudevappa, vice chancellor, NIFTEM, said, “We are looking forward to collaborating with India Honey Alliance (IHA), in their vision to support and strengthen the honey ecosystem. Together with IHA, we aim towards establishing and setting up industry benchmarks for quality, authenticity and safety of Indian honey, and work towards creating robust, affordable and accessible technology for the honey industry. Together, we look forward to awareness activities which will promote knowledge and information dissemination & training of stakeholders.”  

Additionally, the International Centre of Excellence in Food Safety & Quality at NIFTEM would also function as a National Reference Laboratory of IHA in the chosen area of competence for the purpose of honey authenticity, method development, proficiency testing. NIFTEM will also function as the academic partner of IHA for developing the content and conducting the training, for all areas of the honey value chain, through a joint certification programme.

Deepak Jolly, general secretary, IHA, said, “The honey industry in India has a huge potential to grow. However, we have not been able to take full advantage of the available opportunities of the sector and there is a long way to go when it comes to organising the fragmented industry. There are several challenges at the ground level which include training and capacity framework, understanding & rollout of appropriate testing methodology, quality, authenticity etc. Our partnership with NIFTEM is a step forward in addressing many such issues. We hope that this collaboration will be highly fruitful and will result in win-win for both IHA and NIFTEM.”
 
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