• 10th-12th November 2016






    Integral Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology

    Integral University, Lucknow



  • 10th-12th November 2016






    Integral Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology

    Integral University, Lucknow

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About Us

Post-harvest technology is an inter-disciplinary “Science and Technology” applied to agricultural produce after harvesting in various operation viz. processing, packaging, distribution, marketing and utilization. India is largest producer of pulses, tea, milk, and meat and second largest producer of wheat, rice, groundnut and fruits and vegetables including potatoes in the world. Post harvest losses are the major problems in our country. Losses of food crops refer to many different kinds of losses produced by a variety of factors. These include weight loss, loss of food values, loss of economic value, loss of quality or acceptability and actual loss of seeds themselves. Recently, issues of global food losses and food waste have been making the news with an estimate of 10 to 30% of the food produced on earth going to be wasted before it can be consumed. The reasons for post-harvest losses are improper harvesting, inadequate infrastructure, poor handling, lack of storage and packaging facilities, and inappropriate transport. It has many economic and environmental impacts. Economically, it reduces the farmer’s income and increases consumer’s expenses. Environmentally, food losses and waste inflict a host of impacts including unnecessary greenhouse gasses emission and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystem.

Use of proper post harvest technologies of perishables and semi-perishables will reduce the wastage to great extent. Use of appropriate post harvest technology reduces the post harvest and storage losses; adds value to the product, generates employment in village and reestablishes agro-industries in rural sector. Presently, the farmers sell their products without processing. Although reduction of post-harvest losses represents a large business opportunity and potential for economic benefit, it is a research and development area which is receiving limited attention. Considering the huge importance of this area, FAO has been greatly concerned and has organized “No More Food to Waste Conference” on 16-19 June 2015 at Hague, The Netherlands. The consensus was that food losses and waste is a global issue and calls for global action. There is SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction CoP (Community of Practice Members) by FAO on Post-harvest Management related information at country basis. A report on the 2nd online discussion on “Post-harvest Loss Assessment and Measurements” is available in the Forum Archive. New resources are being published by FAO regularly on Post-harvest Losses, the latest being as “FAO 2015: Regional Strategic Framework Reducing Food Losses and Waste in the Near East and North Africa Region”.Taking these initiatives forward, UP Council of Agricultural Research (UPCAR), Lucknow and Integral Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (IIAST), Integral University, Lucknow in collaboration with other partners has decided to organize an “International Congress on Post-harvest Technologies of Agricultural Produce for Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security” on 10-12 November, 2016 at Integral Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (IIAST), Integral University, Lucknow.




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