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M.Sc. in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables
Thursday, 06 January 2011 16:47


M.Sc. in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables

Tropical fruits and vegetables are products with excellent market prospects in the world. In spite of the considerably rich collection of exotic varieties of fruits and vegetables, the South Asia has not exploited the potential economic benefits that the fresh produce can attract from the world market. The fruit and vegetable production is often in excess of the local demand and the surplus could be meaningfully utilized by careful postharvest management of the produce. Surveys have revealed that a substantial portion of the harvest is wasted in the region annually due to improper harvesting and postharvest practices, disease and lack of facilities and technology to extend their storage life. This continues to cause heavy losses in revenue to the grower, wholesaler, retailers and exporter and inconvenience to the consumer and lowers export potential of these commodities.


This is a specialized programme designed for the fruit and vegetable handling, marketing and export sector. The main objectives are to provide,

a)    the latest scientific basis and technological background that, while ensuring reduction of losses, enables successful postharvest handling and management,  preservation and processing of fresh fruits and vegetables for both local and export market,
b)    exposure to current trends and developments in marketing systems, quality and safety standards, packaging and value addition, requirements and limitations in the overseas market, and,
c)    scientific understanding on the nature and the cause of postharvest diseases, disorders and pest problems, develop skills in their diagnosis, forecasting and implementation of rapid, appropriate and economical measures to rectify them, tackle diseases and fruit fly problems in international trade.


Applicants seeking admission to this programme should have at least a degree in Biological or Agricultural Science or a degree with Botany as a subject from a recognized university or equivalent qualifications. Those graduates who have experience in fruit and vegetable sector are encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to display a genuine interest and motivation towards the area of study. The final selection will be made after an oral interview. The medium of instruction and examination will be English, consequently the candidates will be expected to possess a good working knowledge in English. Only up to 15 places would be available in a given year.


local candidates    Rs. 100,000/-
SAARC countries    US $ 3300/-
other countries    US $ 6600/-


This is a full-time programme consisting of course work and a research project.  Course work will be conducted within two semesters of 15 - weeks each. The entire programme duration will be about 18 months inclusive of the time allocated for research project.


Senior Assistant Registrar, 
Postgraduate Institute of Science 
P.O. Box 25,
University of Peradeniya, 
(Telephone: 081 - 2387542; 081 - 2385660)




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