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Russia, India sign pact to set up irradiation centres

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With progressive rates in demand of quantity of food products and necessity for longer storage periods, losses for food products will escalate unless disinfestation measures are improved. In regards to same, expanding their relations, Russia and India has entered into partnership to set-up a network of integrated irradiation centres in India to diminish agricultural loss.

The agreement was signed in Delhi between the Indian Agricultural Association, Hindustan Agro Co-Op Ltd (HACL) and United Innovation Corporation (UIC), a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia, on the sidelines of the BRICS Business Forum in the national capital.

On this, Denis Cherednichenko, CEO, United Innovation Corporation stated, Radiation treatment of food products is one of various applications of state-of-the-art radiation technologies offered by Rosatom to its foreign partners. The use of this technology will make it possible to reduce the loss of onions in India, which currently go bad because of germination and inadequate storage, by 42,000 tonnes per year on an average, as well as to reduce grain losses from 15 per cent to 3-5 per cent per year.

Over 22 countries are using 515 radiation plants based on Russian technologies. Food Irradiation centres is an important milestone in food preservation methodology and has been successfully adapted by various countries.

As quoted in the statement, Russia has been reliable partner for a long time and it is hoped that this project will bring country closer to the solution of global problems in the sphere of sustainable development and will help India to become a centre of radiation technologies in the Asian region.

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