Daya Publishing House
This book is a consolidation of the scattered information available in the form of research or review papers which has been suitably compiled and edited in a lucid and easily understandable format with adoptable recommendation for the benefit of all the stakeholders. The book is divided into three volumes with sub-titles of 1) General Issues, 2) Fruit Crops and 3) Vegetables, Flowers & Plantation Crops. Eminent research workers who have been engaged in the area of Postharvest Management in the NARS have contributed chapters on various subjects. Efforts have been made to incorporate information on status of cultivation, cultivars, association between pre-harvest crop management practices and quality after harvest, pack-house operations, storage and marketing for domestic and export trade. The book is also suitably illustrated with colour photographs, wherever necessary. Important references to each subject have been cited for detailed reading.
It is hoped that this publication will be of immense value to all the stakeholders viz., horticultural entrepreneurs, retailers, wholesalers and exporters engaged in the supply chain of perishable horticultural produce, research scholars engaged in development of postharvest management technology and others in view of the objectives for which it has been written, i.e., reducing postharvest losses and delivering quality produce both in domestic and international market.
Dr. K.L. Chadha (Padma Shri Awardee) is currently President of The Horticultural Society of India as also Adjunct Professor (Hort.) at IARI. He received his B.Sc. (Agri) and M.Sc. (Hort.) degrees from Punjab University, Chandigarh and Ph.D. from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi.
He has served in various capacities at IARI, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Central Mango Research Station, Lucknow. He was the Director, IIHR, Bangalore, Horticulture Commissioner and Executive Director, National Horticulture Board, Govt. of India; Deputy Director General (Hort.), ICAR and ICAR-National Professor (Hort.) at IARI.
Prof. R.K. Pal is currently the Director of the ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate at Solapur, Maharashtra. After his formal education from West Bengal, he received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from IARI and joined Agricultural Research Service of ICAR. He served IARI in different capacities for over 25 years as a Scientist, Professor and Head of the Division of Post Harvest Technology. He underwent advanced training in USA and attended the International Course on Food Processing as FAO Fellow in the Netherlands.