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Harvest Sanitation (Fruits & Vegetables)

Abstract: Harvest sanitation is an important component of a GAPs program. It includes both harvest practices and sanitation of equipment that is used in the field. Workers involved in the harvest and field packing of produce should be trained to pick intact, undamaged fruits and vegetables. This manual lays the important ground rules to be observed. 

Author/s: Cornell University. Year Of Publication: NA. Download/Link:

Postharvest Handling (Fruits & Vegetables)

Abstract: Once produce has been harvested, care must be taken to prevent either direct or cross contamination of the crop during grading, washing, packing and shipping. Several foodborne illness outbreaks in fruits and vegetables have been traced back to packing operations. This guidance manual identifies the major areas of possible contamination and also states precautionary measures to avoid the same. 

Author/s: Cornell University. Year Of Publication: NA. Download/Link:

On-farm post-harvest management of food grains - A manual for extension workers 

Abstract: This manual is intended to help extension workers provide the best advice to farmers to enable them to store their grains safely, so that the quality of the grain is as good at the time of sale as it was at harvest. It provides: a) guidance on how to analyse farmers’ problems and how to transfer knowledge and information most effectively b) information on the major causes of deterioration in stored grains, including the influence of factors occurring before storage c) description of common methods of storing grains on the farm and of improvements that can be made d) a summary of the basic principles of good post-harvest practice, including pest management.

Author/s: FAO Year Of Publication: 2009. Download/Link:

Training Manual for Improving Grain Postharvest Handling and Storage

Abstract: This manual is intended to support trainers who are helping Farmer Organisations (FOs) and their members in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve the quality of their grain. In so doing, it is expected that the income earning opportunities and the food security of the learners’ households will be increased. 

Author/s: World Food Programme. Year Of Publication: 2012. Download/Link:

Small Scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops

Abstract: The three main objectives of applying postharvest technology to harvested fruits and vegetables are: 1) To maintain quality (appearance, texture, flavour and nutritive value), 2) To protect food safety, and 3) To reduce losses between harvest and consumption. Effective management during the postharvest period, rather than the level of sophistication of any given technology, is the key in reaching the desired objectives. While large-scale operations may benefit from investing in costly handling machinery and high-tech postharvest treatments, often these options are not practical for small-scale handlers. Instead, simple, low-cost technologies often can be more appropriate for small volume, limited resource commercial operations, farmers involved in direct marketing, as well as for suppliers to exporters in developing countries. This manual explores these technologies. 

Author/s: Lisa et. al. Year Of Publication: 2015. Download/Link:

Quality Control Manual (FCI)

Abstract: This manual released by the Food Corporation of India (FCI), deals with, among other issues, the following topics: a) Terminology, Classification & Categorisation of Food grains b) Uniform Specifications & PDS specifications of Food grains c) Sampling and Analysis of Food Grains  d) Insects Pests of Stored Food Grains and e) Scientific Preservation of Stored Food Grains

Author/s: FCI. Year Of Publication: 2020-21. Download/Link:


Installation & Use Of Hermetic Cocoons 

Broad Content: This instructional video explains the installation and use of hermetic cocoon technology. 

Organisers/Producers: Grain Pro

Year Of Publication/Release: 2016

TNAU Insect Probe Trap - An Explanatory Video

Broad Content: This instructional video explains the uses, benefits and the installation and insect probe traps. The basic components of a TNAU probe trap consists of three important parts : A main tube, insect trapping tube and a detachable cone at the bottom. Insects love 'air' and move towards air. This behaviour of the insect is exploited in this technology. 

Organisers/Producers: TNAU

Hermetic bags - Demonstration 

Broad Content: This instructional video explains the uses, benefits and the installation of hermetic bags. Hermetic bags can be used by farmers to store the produce without resorting to the use of chemicals. They are relatively inexpensive and very efficient at keeping pests at bay. 

Organisers/Producers: LI-BIRD

Year Of Release: 2019

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