India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world after China. It
accounts for about 15 per cent of the world’s production of vegetables.
As per the latest estimates, by Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology
(CIPHET), Ludhiana, the wastage of fresh horticultural produce is upto 18 per cent due to
poor postharvest management practices. Hardly 2 per cent of perishable horticultural produce
is processed to value added products. Hence, there is huge scope for processing of fruits and
vegetables. This wastage can be easily prevented by adopting various methods of
preservations. At the same time, there is market glut during harvesting season and farmers are
forced to sell their produce at throw away prices. Therefore, food processing industries can
help farmers to get sure income for their produce and also avoid market glut.
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