Potential products for food processing Industries in North Eastern part of India
Passion Fruit ( Passiflora edulis) It is a vine which grows very well in the soil of Assam.Its immence flavour has made it very popular all over the world.There are two types of Passion fruit available one is yellow and the other one is purble in color.Both the varieties of Passion fruit grows very well in the easten part of Assam like Karbi Anglong, Golaghat etc.The extract from passion fruit is used to flavour many food items like Juice, icecream, cakes.
Food processing unit SIRMAN supported by State Agriculture Department situated in the Karbi Anglong District Assam is successful enough in extracting the juice from the passion fruit and at the same time the product is very well marketed by the Marketing Department under Karbi Anglong State Agriculture Department.Despite having great market potential of passion fruit juice in India as well as abroad, farmers in Assam are reluctant to cultivate the crop due to ignorance, lack of guidance and insuffecient supply chain management to the processing unit.An initiative in such direction will certainly lead to success.
Another most potential product will be Ghost Chilli. In 2007, Guinness World Records certified the Bhut Jolokia as the world's hottest chili pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The pepper is also known as Naga Jolokia (in Nagaland), Bhoot Jolokia (in Assam) ghost pepper, ghost chili pepper, and ghost chili etc.The Ghost pepper is cultivated in Nagaland and Assam region of northeastern India and parts of neighbouring Bangladesh.It can also be found in rural Sri Lanka where it is known as Nai Mirris (cobra chili).Ghost chilli grows very well in the North Eastern part of our country.