Govt irradiation facilities to boost veggies’ shelf life

The recent crisis in Madhya Pradesh where farmers had to sell onions at throwaway prices or dump it in farms due to bumper production has prompted the government to look at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to set up irradiation facilities in the state and elsewhere in the country to deal with the problem of plenty by increasing the shelf life of perishable horticultural produce.

Though BARC has a small facility in Lasalgaon in Nasik which caters to farmers of nearby districts, other parts of the country face storage problems during high production years. Irradiation works by disrupting the biological processes that lead to decay.................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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