The policy for promotion of agro-processing industries and agri-business seeks to address the entire value chain in agro-processing and marketing, including development of the supply chain, market development and diversification.

Season turns bad. No rainfall after planting, plenty after harvest WEATHER played spoiler for paddy farmers in Kerala

The overall objective of the paper is to assess the post-harvest losses in major fruits both in physical and economic terms at different stages of handling and to develop strategies to reduce these losses.

The horticulture sector encompasses a wide range of crops e.g., fruit crops, vegetable crops, potato and tuber crops, ornamental crops, medicinal and aromatic crops, spices and plantation crops. India, with its wide variability of climate and soil, is highly favourable for growing a large number of horticultural crops. It is the fastest growing sector within agriculture.

India is a country with vast population having crossed over 110 crores mark and growing at alarming rate. It is yet another fact of concern that there has not been a proportionate increase in the production level of foodgrains in the country.


The major problem faced by the foodgrain production system of India is the post harvest losses. There are many sources of leakage between production and consumption of foodgrains that not only include wastage of grains during various post-harvest operations but also at the stage of harvesting.

india suffers considerable losses due to crop damage every year. assocham has pegged this loss at Rs 140,000 crore for 2006-07. Unfortunately, there is no way to ascertain whether this or similar