To improve the income levels of Visakhapatnam District fruit vendors, the Department of Science and Technology has sanctioned a project to GITAM. This project aims to train the fruit vendors on packaging methods, for fruit preservation. As part of the project, the university biotechnology department established a low cost controlled atmosphere storage facility within the campus. GITAM Vice-Chancellor prof. K. Sivaramakrishna, inaugurated the storage facility in Vizag on Thursday.
He stated that the biotechnology department is actively engaged with several training programs which are directly helpful to the farmers, and the unemployed youth, in and around Visakhapatnam. The Vice-Chancellor announced that after the tenure of the present Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment Development (SEED) Project, GITAM university is planning to establish a “fruit vendor’s cooperative society” in Vizag to hand over the storage facility for future maintenance.