Food & Nutrition Division

Head Food and Nutrition Division: Dr. TAUFIQ AHMAD, DCS

Vision of Food and Nutrition Division Achievements
Research Groups Group Composition

Research objectives

 
Vision of Food and Nutrition Division  

To conduct R&D for minimizing the post-harvest losses, enhancement of environmental friendly horticultural exports, value addition/nutritional enrichment of commonly consumed foods and HRD of communities for self-sustainability

   
Main Research and Development Objectives of Food and Nutrition Division         

Overall Objective

Food preservation through radiation and conventional techniques, safety of food and environment, product and process development and agro-waste utilization for food and feed

Specific Objectives

  • Food preservation through radiation and conventional techniques
  • Safety of food through environmental protection green growth technology
  • Radiation as a tool for sanitary and phyto-sanitary treatment of herbs and horticultural commodities for export
  • Nutritional enhancements of commonly consumed foods
  • Product and process development for bringing value addition of foods
  • Popularization of innovative food products among the communities for income generation
  • Poultry feed decontamination using irradiation for getting better biological performance of chicken
  • Commercial scale Gemstone irradiation for color enhancement
  • Promotion of astringency removal technologies among persimmon growers through modified atmosphere technology
  • Novel food product development through extrusion technologies
Achievements  
  1. Food Irradiation

Food and Nutrition Division (FSD) is engaged in conducting the basic and applied research aiming to control the enormous post-harvest losses prevailing in the country and to overcome the trade barriers encountered by the exporters of horticultural commodities. The division has successfully completed many international and national funded projects on food irradiation, contributing to conserve the foods and to make the diets safe with extended useable life. The technology of Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) provided to Pak Army is a glaring example of FSD contribution to national economy in terms of import substitution. Based on the importance of MRE technology as long shelf life and hygienic ration, endeavors are underway to extend the technology to IDP’s and natural disaster victims through relevant agencies like national disaster management etc. On the basis of R&D conducted at the division, Government of Pakistan has approved establishment of five commercial food irradiators in Pakistan and launched iron fortified wheat flour program in the country.

  1. Mushroom Cultivation

The division is also focusing on popularization of Mushroom cultivation among the farming communities for income generation as well as for provision of nutritious and healthy diet to consumers. With the collaboration of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Directorate of Science and Technology (DOST) Govt of KPK, the low input cost but high output has been significantly disseminated to dwellers of mountainous areas of KPK with tangible impact on their economy.

  1. Food Fortification

In order to overcome the micro-nutrients deficiency based diseases, the division is working for fortification of commonly consumed foods at national level. Worthwhile work has been done in iron fortification of wheat flour and salt iodization protects as a tool to minimize the intensity of anemia and goiter related problems, widely prevalent in the country.

  1. Food Safety

As an alternative to costly and hazardous chemical pesticides and fertilizers, the Food & Environmental Protection Section of the Division has developed several Green Growth Technology products (largely based on herbal extracts), which after showing successful results in farmers fields are ready to be launched commercially through entrepreneurs.

  1. Human Resource Development

The division is hectic in development of Human resource in Mushroom cultivation, food preservation, iodine/iron analysis as well as in other analytical techniques and product development methods. Apart from this FSD is catering the analytical needs in food and microbiology composition of University students and food growers for the proximate analysis and pesticide residue assessment in food samples. As a commercial non-food activity the division is also providing commercial irradiation services to gemstone traders to make the commodity more precious and lucrative for the international markets.

Research Groups  
Group Group Leader
1. Food Technology & Nutrition Dr. Aurangzeb, CS / Director
2. Food & Environmental Protection Mr. Misal Khan,PS
   
Funded Projects Undertaken of Food and Nutrition Division  
S.No Name / Designation Title of Project Amount
1 Mr. Misal Khan, PS Development of irradiated foods for immuno-compromised patients and other target groups Euro25000/-
2 Dr. Azhar Rashid, PS Development and validation of technologies for pesticide residue management in fruit and vegetables produce (PSF/NSLP (203) Rs.2.84 M
3 Mr. Tariq Nawaz, ARO Pilot scale development of bio-pesticides and other environmental friendly techniques for the promotion of Green Growth Technologies Dost. Rs. 2.2 m
4 Mr. Fazal Mahmood, DCS HRD developed through transfer of technology “to arrange training courses for “mushroom cultivation” in various zones of KPK DoST. Rs. 1.2 m
5 Dr. Aurang Zeb, CS/Head, TSD Storage stability of iodine in iodized salt collected from geo-climatical zones of Pakistan, MI, Pakistan Rs. 4.737 m
6 Mrs. Nizakat Bibi, DCS Development of market life enhancement technology of persimmon and its dissemination to growers. ALP Rs. 4.737 m
7 Dr. Taufiq Ahmad, DCS
  1. Development of nutria-food products
  2. Fortification of commonly consumed edible oil in non-conventional oil
PAEC/NIFA
8 Dr. Maazullah Khan, PE (Agric.) Design and fabrication of single screw extruder for conversion of agro-based materials into value added food & feed products Rs.718,000/-
9 Dr. Ihsanullah, Director Development of innovative Nutraceutical products from herbal ingredients Rs.3.992 m
Funded Projects –Completed  

S.No

Title

Duration

Funding Agency

1

Technological and economical feasibility of  radiation preservation of potatoes

1981-1983

CRP/IAEA

2

Commercial trials on radiation preservation of onions under tropical conditions

1985-1988

CRP/IAEA

3

Radiation preservation of dried fruits

1983-1986

TC /IAEA

4

Food Irradiation process control and acceptance

1990-1991

CRP/IAEA

5

Standardization of detection method for irradiated dried fruits and tree nuts

1994 - 98

CRP/IAEA

6

Nutritional and physiological evaluation of Red Palm Oil (Carotino)

1997 - 2000

PORIM Malaysia

7

Radiation treatment of minimally processed fruits and vegetables for ensuring hygienic quality

2001 - 2005

CRP/IAEA

8

Radiation as SPS Treatment

2001-2002

RCA/IAEA

9

Fortification of Vanaspati Ghee in Pakistan with red palm oil as a natural source of Vitamin A.

2001 - 2003

MPOB Malaysia

10

Iron fortification of roller milled wheat flour in Pakistan

2002 - 2003

MI Canada

11

Application of Irradiation for Improving Food Safety,
Security and Trade (RAS/5/042)

2002 - 2005

RCA/IAEA

12

Radiation decontamination of commercial poultry feed

2003-2005

PSF

13

Coordinated between NIFA and NIH
 “Estimation of goitrogenous substances in foods and their relationship with the prevalence of goiter”

2006-2007

NIH.

 

14

Coordinated research project between NIFA and NIH
A) Nutritional enhancement of cereals and grain legumes through sprouting and its utilization as food. B) Amylose contents of different food commodities; influence of household processing on the amylase contents of these foods.

2006-2007

NIH.

 

15

Harmonization of Radiation Protection (RAS/9/029)

2003

RCA/IAEA

16

Development of processing method for pectin as value added product from citrus peel waste

2007-2009

PSF

17

Novel applications of food irradiation technology for improving socio-economic development (RAS/5/046)

2007-2010

RCA/ IAEA

18

Screening and development of low phytate bread wheat mutants in Pakistan

2004-2007

RC/ IAEA

19

Better utilization of food for health and productive life in agriculture sector (Coordinated project with NWFP Agric. Univ. Peshawar)

2004-2007

ALP

20

Fortification and physicochemical evaluation of canola & sunflower oil with seabuckthorn oil .

2006-2007

HEC

21

Mushroom cultivation and popularization as cottage industry in NWFP

2006-2008

PSF

22

Design and fabrication of a laboratory size screw extruder for conservation of agro-based materials into value added food and feed products

2007-2009

PSF

23

Coordinated between NIFA and NIH
 “Estimation of goitrogenous substances in foods and their relationship with the prevalence of goiter”

2006-2007

NIH.

 

24

Coordinated research project between NIFA and NIH
A) Nutritional enhancement of cereals and grain legumes through sprouting and its utilization as food. B) Amylose contents of different food commodities; influence of household processing on the amylase contents of these foods.

2006-2007

NIH.

 

25

Preventing osteoporosis and promoting bone mass in Asian Populations using a food based approach (RAS/6/041).

2005-2008

IAEA

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