The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) will continue its strong linkages with the fruit, vegetable, orgnamental and other perishable crop industries and help establish protocols and systems for handling, storage and distribution of these products. The center's functions are to (a) generate basic data on the postharvest physiology, biochemistry, morpho-anatomy and physical properties of tropical and sub-tropical horticultural and other perishable crops that will serve as bases for technology generation; (b) develop or modify technologies, protocols and systems across the value chain that are responsive to the needs of the industry, and are compatible with the local commercial handling conditions and scale of operations; (c) develop need-based extension delivery system to effectively disseminate postharvest technologies, protocols and processes; (d) develop knowledge products on postharvest technology for use by the industry and all agriculture-related agencies and academic institutions throughout the country; (e) provide assistance to the Department of Agriculture in formulating product standards, codes of hygiene, and Good Agricultural Practice in support of the Food Safety Act and; (f) contribute to the formulation of national policies, priorities, and other regulations affecting trade of fresh produce. Although PHTRC is a non-degree granting unit, it will (g) provide human and physical resources for postharvest and other crop science courses of the Institute of Crop Science (ICS) well as provide expert services to students of other units of the university including but not limited to food science, engineering, nutrition, chemistry, pathology, entomology and economics.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017
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