Post Harvest Technology of Vegetables

Post Harvest Technology of Vegetables
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Post Harvest Technology of Vegetables

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Publisher: Agrotech Publications
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PREFACE A country of the size and diverse conditions as India has got unique position in the world. Though located near the equator it is gifted with the tropical, subtropical and temperate climates due to the mighty Himalayas, to cold desert conditions in the northwest. It is under such varied situations that India could produce a large variety of vegetables for the local and international markets. The country is also capable of producing off-season vegetables thus, a promising provider of fresh and nutritious vegetables during the lean periods and round the year basis. The genesis of the present publication emanates from the humble beginning as a short duration comprehensive training and refreshing course entrusted by the Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India to the field officers of the Department of Agriculture of Himachal Pradesh. The target of the training course was to exchange and to discuss the post harvest consideration of vegetable production including preservation, processing, and utilization in order to promote the food security and better human nutrition. The specific objectives are creation of extensive facilities for monitoring, optimizing and designing cooling, freezing, packaging, storage and transportation system for fresh, semi-processed and processed products. Some of the examples of shelflife extension and improved product consumer acceptance are the inhibition of browning of leaves and peeled and sliced potatoes and brinjals inhibition of lignifications on abrasive peeled carrots control of chilling injury and texture degradation. Certain packaging developments for value addition have been the development and evaluation of appropriate packaging system for retail like thermoformed trays with heat sealed lids massive and active packaging MAP with or without novel gas mixtures
selection of packaging materials with appropriate moisture vapour transmission rate MVTR and gas transmission characteristics. Some of the important technologies and parameters involved may be the optimization of variety and cultivars selection, maturity, post harvest handling and management chilling storage tempera tures anti-oxidants, aciduants, natural preservatives, washing and sanitation treatments edible films and coatings. According to one estimate about 800 million people go hungry and 170 million children under five years of age continue to suffer from first and second degree of malnutrition on this planet. In spite of our godowns and warehouses filled to the brim with food commodities, yet the Kalahandi incidences are happening with impunity. The situation is definitely a human tragedy on a large scale. However, with the sustained efforts of governments, national and international agencies, non-governmental organizations NGO s , businesshouses, industries, and individuals including farmers can effectively reduce and ultimately decrease food insecurity with great progress possible. It is hoped, the book shall provide the relevant informations on the