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Horticultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, (TNAU) in association with Society for Promotion of Horticultural Science and Technology (SOPHOST), HC&RI, Coimbatore is all set to announce the international conference on “Emerging post harvest technologies for shelf life enhancement and valorization of horticultural crops” (ICPHTV’24) that is scheduled to be held on 04 & 05 Jan, 2024 at Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC & RI), TNAU, Coimbatore. The conference will be organised in hybrid mode for the participants outside the country.
Horticultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Coimbatore – At a glance With an unparalleled vision and with dynamic programmes Horticultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Coimbatore is reaching the global domains in the arena of research, education, extension and entrepreneurship. Recently, TNAU has secured 5th place according to National Institutional Ranking Frame work (NIRF), 2023 in India. The horticulture education through under graduate programmes viz., B.Sc. (Hons) in Horticulture both in English and Tamil medium are under the administrative ambit of the Faculty Dean (Horticulture), HC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore and the post graduate programmes in M.Sc., and Ph.D., are being offered with specialization in Fruit Science, Vegetable Science, Spices and Plantation crops, Floriculture & Landscaping and Medicinal & Aromatic crops. Plantation Crops -33 Nos., Flower Crops -17 Nos., and Medicinal & Aromatic Crops -7 Nos.,) along with improved Hi-Tech production technologies and the technical lead in research is vested with the Dean (Horticulture), HC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore.
About the conference – from the Vice Chancellor’s Desk
Horticulture in India, contributes about 30% of agricultural GDP and its growth in double digit. The share of horticultural produce has increased more than 50 percent in the food basket of consumers. Albeit, the horticulture sector is considered to be lucrative and been a favorite for the Indian commerce sector, the perishability plays a major setback in the horticultural produce when compared with agricultural commodities/ produce. In India, as per NABCONS report 2022 of Ministry of Food processing Industries, post harvest losses in fruits is estimated to be 6.02-15.05%, Vegetables – 4.87- 11.61%, Spices and plantation Crops 1.29-7.33%. Besides, there is a plethora of opportunities in value addition of horticultural crops in catering the contemporary market demand and the new age entrepreneurship business concepts like startups and micro enterprises. Mechanization, packaging, supply chain management, logistics etc., to minimize the post harvest losses in horticultural crops are also a big challenge in India and very little efforts have been put in that arena for research and modernization to global standards. Therefore, the post harvest horticulture sector is getting more attention from the policy makers research institutions, angel investors, entrepreneurship cells and so on.

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