Innovative Nutrition and Communicable Diseases (CINHD)

AICRP- Linseed Value Addition Centre

In recognition of the pioneering innovative work under World Bank assisted ICAR-NAIP projects, ICAR has awarded Linseed Value Addition Centre to BVDU, Pune. BVDU’s Linseed Value Addition Centre is linked to 15 linseed growing centre in the country with the major objective of “Linseed Value Addition and product diversification”.

Preamble : Human diet is deficient in in omega-3 fatty acid. Recent rise in incidences and severity of several degenerative diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, mental illness is largely attributed to the paucity of omega-3 fatty acid in our food today and skewed omega-6 to 3 ratio.

We at BVDU, therefore felt the urgent need to enrich modern food with omega-3 fatty acids. Linseed has very high content of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Therefore we developed “Flax Bio-Village Concept” at IRSHA, Bharati Vidyapeeth(Deemed to be University), Pune with the aim of resourcing omega-3 from linseed and enrich various human food with omega-3 fatty acid.

Implementation of “Flax Bio-village Concept”

  • AICRP- Linseed Value Addition works in an interdisciplinary approach for developing value added products
  • Flax Bio-village-Linseed value addition model successfully establishes Farmer Public Private Partnership and creates forward linkage with industry.
  • Backward linkage with farmer gives better price to farmers; thereby increase in area under linseed cultivation, providing high yielding high omega linseed varieties, increases the productivity and their utility as high omega source, guidance to farmers to sustain in rain-fed farming system