Feed the Future India Triangular Training Program on Post-Harvest Technology in Horticultural Crops
ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, is organizing an International training programme on “Feed the Future India Triangular Training Program (FTF ITT) on Post-Harvest Technology in Horticultural Crops”, for 26 participants from Government Departments of 12 African and South East Asian countries, from 06-20 November, 2017. The program is designed for human resource development and capacity building in the area of Post-Harvest Technology for reducing Post-Harvest losses through improved management practices, value addition and processing of horticultural crops. The programme is sponsored by USAID, India and is being co-ordinated by MANAGE, Hyderabad. At ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, the training programme will be handled by Dr. Harinder Singh Oberoi, Head, Division of Post Harvest Technology & Agricultural Engineering (PHT & AE) as Course Director, and Dr. R.Venkattakumar, Head, Division of Social Sciences & Training, Dr. DV Sudhakar Rao. Dr RB Tiwari, Principal Scientists, Division of PHT and AE, and Dr. G.A.Atheequlla, Scientist, Division of Social Sciences & Training as Co-Course Directors.
The genesis of the program lies in the highly perishable nature of the nutrient dense horticultural produce and the resultant post-harvest losses ranging from 0.8-16%, amounting to monetary losses of Rs.3,14,860 million (approx USD4630 million) every year in India alone. To minimise losses, on-farm storage and processing, strengthening supply chain management and improving processing levels are some of the important key factors. The present course is being conducted with the following objectives:
- To acquaint the participants with different protocols used in supply chain management operations in important horticultural crops grown in Afro-Asian countries viz., harvesting, pre-cooling, sorting, grading, washing and disinfection, storage and packaging.
- To demonstrate appropriate technologies for processing and value-addition of important horticultural crops and analysis of their physico-chemical, biochemical, nutritional and microbiological attributes.
- To expose participants to different technologies for waste valorization/ by-product/residue management in horticultural crops.
- To organize field visits to companies dealing with the supply of fresh horticultural crops, processing units, especially developed by adopting ICAR-IIHR technologies and processing machinery manufacturers.