Training session to cut post-harvest losses

Training session to cut post-harvest losses

The Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre (PHPTC) organised a training programme on postharvest management, value addition and marketing of fruits and vegetables for “Apka Family Farmer” a Farmer Producer Company (FPC) from Himachal Pradesh.

Ludhiana February 19

The Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre (PHPTC) organised a training programme on postharvest management, value addition and marketing of fruits and vegetables for “Apka Family Farmer” a Farmer Producer Company (FPC) from Himachal Pradesh.

Dr BVC Mahajan, Director, said postharvest losses and marketing of fruits and vegetables are the major challenges faced by the farmers and need to be tackled with application of postharvest interventions such as appropriate packaging and storage techniques.

Dr Ritu Tandon, Dr Swati Kapoor and Dr Pooja delivered lectures on judicious use of pesticides, processing and fresh cut technologies for fruits and vegetables.

Dr Sandeep Mann and Dr PN Guru from CIPHET also discussed in detail about packaging requirements and problems of insect pest management in food products. Exposure visit to Namdhari Packhhouse Kohara, Food Incubation Centre and Department of Processing and Food Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana, were also arranged.

Ashish Gupta, CEO of the FPC, explained that ‘Aapka Family Farmer’ has been formed by a group of farmer entrepreneurs who are practicing natural farming in districts of Sirmaur, Shimla and Kinnaur. — TNS

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