19th February, 2021, Goa
The ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa Signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Goa State Biodiversity Board, Goa for the commercialization of ICAR-CCARI’s Technology “Process for manufacturing of Nutmeg Pericarp Taffy” today.
Dr. E.B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, Goa and Dr. Pradip Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, GSBB, Goa signed the MoA on the behalf of their respective organizations.
Dr. E.B. Chakurkar stressed on the need for the commercial utilization and transfer of prospective technologies for the benefit of farmers and agri-entrepreneurs in Goa State.
Dr. Pradip Sarmokadam emphasized that the GSBB would like to work with ICAR-CCARI for continued collaborative activities for promoting the conserving biodiversity through sustainable use of biological resources of the state.
The Nutmeg Fruit has about 80% to 85% of Pericarp (outer cover of nutmeg fruit) and high yielding nutmeg varieties produce upto 100 kg of fresh Pericarp per tree. The present practice is collecting the nutmeg seeds and mace and generally discarding the Pericarp in the field for rotting. But, the technology helps in effective utilization of Pericarp, otherwise discarded, by preparing the Nutmeg Taffy, a value-added food product, in a commercially feasible manner.
The product fetches an additional income to farmers and entrepreneurs apart from the yield of Nutmeg spice products - Nutmeg Seeds and Mace. The product stores well at room temperature for about 12 months with simple packing without any synthetic preservatives.
The ICAR-CCARI, Goa has already filed an application (Application No: 201621012414) for Patenting the technology. The Institute Technology Management Unit facilitated the signing of the MoA for further commercialization.
(Source: ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa)