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Extending shelf-life: Israel offers post-harvest management expertise in F&V
09/06/2016
The IIAP, which is a joint collaboration between Mashav and the Indian government’s Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture plus the participating states, is being implemented via “centres of excellence”

After drip irrigation-cum-fertigation, tissue culture and protected cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers, dissemination of Israeli post-harvest know-how is the latest focus of the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project (IIAP).

“Value-addition in horticultural crops is not just about processing and selling juices. It is also about technologies to maintain the quality of fresh produce for delivering in that form to consumers in distant locations or to harvest, say, pomegranates in September for selling in the US or Europe during the Christmas and New Year season,” points out Susan Lurie, professor emeritus at the Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce in the Agricultural Research Organization of Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Israel, according to her, has lot to offer to India when it comes to preservation of quality — texture, appearance, colour, taste, aroma, and nutritional and health attributes — of fresh farm produce, especially for exports to foreign markets.

 

Source: The Indian Express

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