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Booming business prospects to curtail post-harvest losses

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A SKYROCKET increase in the human population, changes in dietary habits especially in the developing countries towards high quality foods, decrease in the per-capita crop land availability, and poor management are the major implications for food security. Addition to this a large portion of all fresh produce is lost worldwide after harvest due to physiological (wilting, shriveling, chilling injury etc.), pathological (decay due to fungi and bacteria) and physical factors (mechanical injury);…Read More

Post-harvest management to control alflatoxin contamination of chilli

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article image Chili (Capsicum annum L.) of family Solanaceae is both a vegetable and a spice crop of significant economic value in Pakistan. Chili is an important ingredient in day to day curries, pickles and chatnies. It is very remunerative and brings good returns to the farmers. Chilies are produced seasonally but consumed throughout the year. The pods are marketed both in green and red form. There exists a great scope for its export. The pungency in chilies is due to an alkaloid capsaicin which…Read More

Post-harvest losses in Pakistan

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article image The expression "post-harvest losses" means a measurable quantitative and qualitative loss in a given product. Post-harvest loss is the "degradation in both quantity and quality of a food product during the chain of interconnected activities from the time of harvest to the delivery of food to the consumer (from farm to fork or from crop to consumption). INTRODUCTION: In a hungry and increasingly competitive world, reducing postharvest food losses is a major agricultural…Read More

Problems of post-harvest of fruit and vegetables in Pakistan

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article image Pakistan have a very fertile and variety of soil. It has variation in its soil and climatic conditions, which is very favourable for the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and other crops. Mostly high valued fruits, vegetables and crops are produced in our country. Pakistan, ranging from tropical to temperate, allows growing 40 different kinds of vegetables and 21 types of fruits. Major vegetables grown include potato, onion, chilli, melons, cucumber, tomato, turnip, okra and pea…Read More

Problems of post-harvest of fruit and vegetables in Pakistan

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article image Pakistan have a very fertile and variety of soil. It has variation in its soil and climatic conditions, which is very favourable for the production of fruits, vegetables, flowers and other crops. Mostly high valued fruits, vegetables and crops are produced in our country. Pakistan, ranging from tropical to temperate, allows growing 40 different kinds of vegetables and 21 types of fruits. Major vegetables grown include potato, onion, chilli, melons, cucumber, tomato, turnip, okra and pea…Read More

Grapes harvest problems and solutions

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By Zeeshan Sattar, Sabir Hussain Khan, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Iqra Ashfaq and Muhammad Mohsin Raza THE EARLIEST evidence of grape vine cultivation and winemaking dates back 7,000 years. The genus of grapes is Vitis which contains about 60 species, but the Vitis vinifera is the principal species from the cultivated grapes which has been derived. Dessert grapes, wine grapes and Raisin grapes are three broad divisions of grapes. Grapes are swiftly becoming a popular home grown fruit. They are…Read More

Modern tech can cut post-harvest losses

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan needs to shift its focus from the conventional agriculture methodology to modern farming techniques in order to curtail post-harvest losses as well as ensure proper wheat storages at production areas. ?Modern cold storages, testing laboratories and conducting local trainings were the need of the hour, as country?s agriculture products? share was meager in the fast growing high-price super markets,? said Harvest Trading CEO Ahmad Jawad while talking to media here…Read More

Post-harvest losses in wheat

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article image PAKISTAN IS the 8th largest producer of wheat after Russian, China, US, India, Canada, Australia and Turkey. Wheat is a staple food of many countries. It supplies 72 per cent calories and 14 per cent protein in an average diet with the per capita consumption at 120kg a year (highest in the world).Wheat occupies a central position in agricultural policies because it is grown on about 41 per cent of the cropped area and accounts for 76 per cent of the total food grain production. It contributes 12…Read More

US scientists to help increase Pak wheat harvest

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STAFF REPORT FBD: American scientists and Pakistani wheat experts are collaborating to increase Pakistan’s wheat harvest and ensure greater prosperity to farmers nationwide.A bi-national team of scientists, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has recently met in Faisalabad to evaluate wheat varieties for disease-resistance. In order to determine which wheat varieties will perform best in Pakistan’s unique ecosystem, the US and Pakistani researchers studied the effects of…Read More