Kathmandu, February 23, 2018: With an aim to address the nutrition crisis in Nepal, a group of undergraduate students from St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu have successfully hosted a workshop on ‘Single Cell Proteins’ on February 22, 2018.
Professionals from the different scientific field, entrepreneurs, advisors on food and drug manufacturing, waste management specialists, administrators and academia were present in the workshop. They shared ideas and opinions about of food and its potential application in Nepal so as to solve the country’s nutrition deficiency.
In the workshop, seven students currently in their final year of Bachelors in Science talked about their findings with project’s final product as Single Cell Protein obtained by them in the laboratory using agricultural and dairy wastes as raw material.
Sagar Aryal, Project Supervisor and a lecturer at St Xavier’s said that they could definitely make single cell protein as the future of nutrition in Nepal if the right opportunity was provided.
The workshop was funded by The Institute for Social and Environment Transition- Nepal (ISET-N) which is a non-governmental and non-profit organization working to address the emerging social and environmental challenges in the country, as a part of its Aabiskar Fellowship program, which supports undergraduate students in Nepal for their creative ideas.
Single Cell Protein refers to the dried microbial cells or total protein extracted from pure microbial cell (algae, bacteria, molds and yeasts), which can be used as a food supplement to humans or animals which is prepared with a wide variety of nutrient value, owing to the wide possibility of methodologies, raw materials and microorganisms available for its preparation, it is considered to be the most valuable component present today, for future food security.
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