Guwahati: Transnational Technologies Pty Ltd (TrasaTEC), an Indo-Australian food process technology start-up, signed an MoU with the North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) on December 22 for setting up a food process technology demonstration centre in Guwahati for providing unique solutions to the farmers of the Northeastern states.

TrasaTEC innovates food processing technology for dehydration, freezing and thermal/aseptic processing of fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts, grains/millets, medicinal & culinary herbs as well as meat. Alethia Food Labs is the Indian partner of TrasaTEC to provide this holistic end to end food process solution.  

Describing the technology, co-founders Pradeep and Ponmanikandan of TrasaTEC said, “India faces 15% to 20% post-harvest loss (PHL) due to unavailability of suitable and immediate food preservation systems and the majority of the loss originates in fruits and vegetable segment incurring huge loss to the farmers. This is where our proprietary technology comes in, where excess produce can be processed by dehydration. This helps the food products to last at least 9 months fit for people to consume with all its nutrients intact & without adding any preservatives.”

As per a survey by NITI Aayog in 2019, in India, the post-harvest loss is 92,561 crore annually. TrasaTEC endeavours to reduce this post-harvest loss with their ON FARM and NEAR FARM CLUSTER processing solutions suitable for FPOs, large Individual farmers and entrepreneurs in the Northeastern region.

Speaking about the MoU, Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, Director General, NECTAR said, “When we came to know of this technology, we were excited to implement it in entire Northeast as this could help bring a great change in the food processing sector which has only been depending on cold storage till date. We are hopeful that this technology will benefit the farmers as well as the food processing industry.”

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