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  1. Minimization of postharvest losses occurring in grains, field crops, fruits, vegetables and spice crops by introducing improved, cost effective technologies.
  2. Minimize the deterioration in quality occurring in grains, other field crops, fruits, vegetables, and spice crops due to adoption of improper postharvest handling, storage and processing techniques.
  3. Minimize the nutritional losses occurring in cereals, pulses and other food crops, fruits, vegetables, and spice crops due to use of improper postharvest techniques and thereby increase the nutritional status of the country.
  4. Improve farm level storage and preservation facilities to enable the farmers to sell their commodities during off seasons at attractive prices and thereby increase their incomes.
  5. Introduce improved postharvest techniques that utilize minimum labour in order to reduce production costs of agricultural commodities.
  6. Develop and transfer viable agro-based industries at rural level in order to increase income and employment opportunities of the rural farming sector and thereby improve their standard of living.
  7. Popularize the use of foods prepared from grains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, and spice crops among consumers in order to create a higher market demand for the local grain production.
Our objectives

The Institute of Post Harvest Technology (IPHT), operating under the Ministry of Agriculture development and Agrarian services, functions as the main Institution in Sri Lanka engaged in improving the Post Harvest Technology of rice/other grains, field crops, fruits and vegetables, Spices through Research, Training & Extension, Consultancy, Advisory and other development activities.

The IPHT was established on 19th June 2000 by the Extraordinary Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka No. 1137/10 under the provisions of the State Agricultural Corporations Act. No. 11 of 1972 for the purpose of carrying out post harvest research and development activities pertaining to paddy/rice other cereals, legumes, oil seeds other field crops, fruits, vegetables and spice crops and providing self employment for rural sector.

The Institute is regarded and functions as the apex Institute in Sri Lanka engaged in improving the postharvest technology of durable and perishable crops through research, training, extension, consultancy, advisory and other development activities.

The Institute has taken over the functions of the Rice Processing Research & Development Center (RPRDC) of the Paddy Marketing Board, which was set up with FAO/UNDP assistance in 1976.

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