Mysore based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), has prepared nearly one lakh meals for distribution in cyclone Fani hit areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The severe cyclonic storm named Cyclone Fani had recently made a landfall impact on May 3, 2019 in Puri on Odisha coast.
- It is a premier food research laboratory under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T), Government of India. It is Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) constituent laboratory.
- It was established in 1950 and is headquartered in Mysore, Karnataka. Its resource centers are in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Mumbai.
- It develops technologies to increase efficiency and reduce post-harvest crop losses, increase export, add conveniences and find new sources of food products, integrate human resources in food industries, reduce costs and modernize supply chains.
- Some of its research areas are Food engineering, food biotechnology, microbiology, grain sciences, sensory science, Biochemistry, Molecular Nutrition and food safety.
In past disaster, CFTRI has sent food and relief material to Kerala during floods in 2018 and in 2013 flood victims of Uttarakhand.