HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN POST-HARVEST TECHNOLOGY

NVQ Level 5 & 6

Introduction

Post-harvest technologies constitute an inter-disciplinary science and techniques applied to agricultural commodities after harvest for the purpose of preservationconservationquality control/enhancement, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, marketing, and utilization to meet the food and nutritional requirements of consumers in relation to their needs.

Quantitative and qualitative food losses of extremely variable magnitude occur at all stages in the post-harvest system from harvesting, through handling, storage, processing and marketing to final delivery to the consumer. Reduction in this wastage, particularly if it can economically be avoided, would be of great significance to growers and consumers alike. To reduce these losses producers and handlers must first understand the biological and environmental factors involved in deterioration. And second, use postharvest techniques that delay senescence and maintain the best possible quality. Post-harvest technology stimulates agricultural production, prevents post-harvest losses, improves nutrition and adds value to agricultural products thereby opening new marketing opportunities and generating new jobs while stimulating growth of other related economic sectors. The process developing post-harvest technologies requires an interdisciplinary and multidimensional research approach, which includes scientific creativity, technological innovation, and commercial entrepreneurship and stakeholder inputs.

The program will provide theoretical knowledge and practical training on the most important aspects of post-harvest technology for agricultural crops harvest and agricultural product process industries. Post-harvest biology, post-harvest pathology, post-harvest physiology and conventional and novel technologies in reduction of post-harvest losses in various agricultural crops and product process, food and value addition technologies are covered with the given curricula. The approach is both multi-disciplinary and industry oriented.

The National Diploma in Post-harvest Technology is a two year competency based training curriculum to achieve the comprehensive knowledge, skill and attitudes development to mitigate the good quality job market in agriculture and agricultural product process technologies leading to a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degree.

Objectives

The objective of this program is to develop well-rounded post-harvest technologist and biologists with a strong, flexible background in postharvest technology with broader understanding of the science and communication (English and ICT) associated with being a successful contributor and leader in the field.

Objectives.

The objective of this program is to develop experienced technologists with a strong, flexible background in Building Services Technology.

Course Modules in Post-Harvest Technology

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 3
  • Semester 4

A01C005M01

Introduction to Postharvest Technology

A01C005M02

Postharvest Activities Related to Paddy and other Cereal Crops

A01C005M03

Postharvest Activities Related to Fruit and Vegetables

A01C005M04

Postharvest Activities Related to Legumes and Oilseed Crops

A01C005M05

Postharvest Machinery and Equipment – 01

EMTM01

Work Place Information Management

A01C005M06

Postharvest Activities Related to Cut Flowers and Foliage

A01C005M07

Postharvest Activities Related to Primary and Secondary Processing of durable crop commodities

A01C005M08

Postharvest Activities Related to Crop Protection and Sanitation

A01C005M09

Packaging, Storage and Transportation of Crop Produce

A01C005M10

Postharvest Activities Related to Bulb, Root and Tuber Crops

EMTM02

Workplace Communication Management

EMTM03

Planning and Scheduling Work at Work place

A01C005M11

Basic Food Science and Technology – 01

A01C005M12

Postharvest Activities Related to Export Agriculture Crops ( Hubs and Spices)

A01C005M13

Processing and Value Addition of Paddy

A01C005M14

Secondary Food Processing and Value Addition  Practices

A01C005M15

National and International legislation on Consumer Protection and Food Safety

EMTM04

Problem Solving and Decision Making

EMTM05

Team Work and leadership

A01C005M16

Introduction to Adaptive Research and Development Activities Related to Processing of Agricultural Produces

A01C005M17

Postharvest Business Management

A01C005M18

Postharvest Secondary Processing Machinery and Equipment

A01C005M19

Extension Education (Elective)

A01C005M20

Pack House Operations and Management – 01 (Elective)

A01C005M21

Pack House Operations and Management – 02 (Elective)

EMTM06

Creating and Maintaining a learning Culture at Workplace

Find Staff Members

Post-Harvest Technology

Mr. R.A.G.C.N.M Nawarathna

Prob. Lecturer, Head of the Department, OJT Coordinator

Ms. C. A. Kumarasiriwardhana

Prob. Lecturer

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