Mysuru-based company, in association with CSIR-Central Food Technologies Research Institute (CFTRI), provides algae-based nutritional food supplement to patients and healthcare professionals in hospitals as well as migrants returning to their countries origin, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Balakrishna B Bhat, owner of Aquaseal Technology, said his company has been cultivating spirulina, a cyanobacterium, a single-celled microbe, often referred to as blue-green algae, for 20 years.
“Our company has been in contact with CFTRI from the start and we cultivated Spirulina on CFTRI technology. We also made chikki, a popular confectionery, on CFTRI technology. Once the pandemic had spread, the CFTRI asked us to add Spirulina to the chikki. We supplied 1.75 tonnes of chikki spirulina to CFTRI in three shipments, ”he said.
Bhat said, “Spirulina is used in many health products and it supplied its powder to many companies. Chikki bars are a new invention of CFTRI, in times of crisis. They are rich in protein with vitamins and minerals. The chikki bar not only provides nutrition but also immunity.
ASKVS Sharma, Coordinator, Information and Publicity, CSIR-CFTRI said: “CFTRI supplied a total of 16 tonnes of high protein cookies and rusks; seven tons of water flavored with cardamom; five tonnes of fortified fruit bars and 1.5 tonnes of chikki spirulina to around 60,000 people in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mysuru.
“CFTRI provided 10 tons of high protein biscuits and rusks to migrants from Delhi and to patients of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS); three tonnes of high protein cookies and rusks to help migrants work in Bengaluru through the Income Tax (IT) department. Five tons of fruit bars fortified with vitamins and minerals, five tons of cardamom flavored water and 1.5 tons of chikki spirulina were distributed in Bengaluru. In Mysuru, three tons of cookies, two tons of water and half a ton of chikki spirulina were distributed, ”he said.
“A total of 15,000 Spirulina chikki, a snack that provides micronutrients from Spirulina as well as tasty and nourishing peanut protein, have been provided. It provides bioavailable micronutrients such as vitamin A, beta-carotene and easily digestible algal protein, ”said CFTRI Director KSMS Raghava Rao.