DEPARTMENT OF POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY
Professor & Head                : Dr. K. M. Karetha
Degree & Specialization     :  M.Sc. (Agri.), Ph.D.
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DEPARTMENT OF POST HARVEST TECHNOLOGY
After initiation of college of horticulture at Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh, it was a need to separate the various departments for the justification of teaching and research activities. Hence, the Department of Post-Harvest Technology was started with multi-functional activities like Teaching, Research and Extension in horticultural crops. The department is working for teaching and research in horticultural crops. Disciplines for the students and farmers with following objectives.
OBJECTIVES
1. To provide under graduate education in post-harvest technology discipline.
2. To introduce post graduate programme for post-harvest technology in future.
3. To strengthen the research work for under graduate students for practical teaching works.
4. To initiate the research in advanced concepts and post-harvest management on various horticultural crops.
5. To establish the post-harvest technology laboratory for UG & PG students.
6. To demonstrate various value added products from fruits and vegetables to students and farmers.
1.  TEACHING ACTIVITIES
1.1 Name and qualifications of the faculty

Name

Designation

Qualification

Specialization

Experience

Contact

Dr. K. M. Karetha

Assoc. Professor

Ph. D.

Pomology

16 years

9376604157

Dr. J. S. Parasana

Assit. Professor

Ph. D.

Pomology

3 years

8734838417

Prof. V. M. Shekhda

Asst. Professor

M.Sc.(Horti.)

Pomology

7 years

9428378916

1.2 ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
Courses offered at U.G. Levels (5th Deans)
Discipline
Total no. of courses
Post-Harvest Technology
03
1.2.1 Details of courses offered in UG programme
Sr. No.
Course No.
Name of Course
Credit
1
PHT 1.1
Fundamentals of  Food and Nutrition
2 (1+1)
2
PHT 5.2
Post-Harvest Management of Horticultural Crops
3 (2+1)
3
PHT 6.3
Processing of Horticultural Crops
3 (1+2)
                                                                                         TOTAL
8 (4+4)
2.  RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Department have full-fledged established post-harvest technology.  Departmental as well as PG students, research work on different objectives is carried out at post-harvest technology lab of this department.
2.1 Major crops for various research areas
Major crops: Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Crops.
Research areas:
  • To develop technology for post-harvest management of horticultural crops.
  • To develop technology for preservation of different value added products from horticultural crops 
  • To develop technology for minimizing post-harvest loss of horticultural crops.
2.2 Research achievements
Post-Harvest Technology Recommendations (2016-2021)
Sr.
No.
Details of recommendations/Technology developed
Year
Mango
1
Mango traders are advised to treat the freshly harvested mango fruit by dipping in Putrescine Dihydrochloride @ 175 mg/lit for 5 minute for increasing shelf life and quality up to 12 days storage at room temperature.
2019
Black Jamun
1
Farmers/ Food processors are advised to heat the Jamun juice at 67⁰C temperature for 13 minutes and add 0.03% (w/w) sodium benzoate at little warm state to preserve its nutrients. The Jamun juice, thus, prepared packed in 1 litre PET bottle, can safely be stored up to 30 days in the refrigerator (7 + 2⁰C).
2021
Ongoing experiments (2021-2022)
Sr. No.
Name of the Crop
No. of experiment
1
Passion Fruit
01
 
Total
01
Ongoing experiments (2021-2022)                       
Passion Fruit 
1
Study on preparation, packaging and storage of Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis  flavicarpa  Deg.) Nectar beverages
3. EXTENSION ACTIVITIES
1. Farmers' training/ lecture : 90 
2. Agricultural Fairs & Exhibition : 09
3. Farmer's visit  : 700
4. Special lectures delivered by individual teachers/scientist : 40
5. Visitors (Dignitaries Scientist Administrator, Progressive
    Farmers, and Extension workers) visited this Department,
    Farms & laboratory :  200
6. Radio talks :  10
7. T V talk :  03
4. OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT
1
No. of Training attended by Staff                                                        
07
2
No. of seminar/ Workshop/ symposia attended by staff                      
20
3
No. of research papers published                                                         
12
5. DEPARTMENTAL LABORATORY
No.
Particulars
Remarks
i.
UG Lab
Under Graduate Laboratory for UG level practical is available in College building
 
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