15th April 2019, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute organized a Discussion Meeting with the representatives of Guar Gum Industry today.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI emphasized on the value of guar crop in the arid region and the importance of industry-academia dialogue to identify the research gaps. He stated that owing to its unique properties, the guar gum has diverse applications, such as, thickening agent in fracturing fluid in oil and shale gas industries and as thickener, binder, stabilizer and emulsifier in food, textile, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
Shri P.K. Hissaria, President, Indian Guar Gum Manufacturers’ Association highlighted the potential of value-addition of guar churi and dust.
Dr. C.B. Pandey, Head, Division of Natural Resources, conveyed his gratitude to the guests for the fruitful discussion.
The objective of the meeting was to share the mutual experiences and expectations of the industry.
The scientists from ICAR-CAZRI made presentations on guar gum current export scenario, cultivation, genetic improvement, gum quality and value-addition.
During the meeting, it was proposed that to provide the seed samples of guar cultivars by the Institute for testing in industry pilot plants for gum content and quality.
(Source: ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur)