Bachelor of Science Program in Postharvest Technology and Logistics
Program philosophy for “Bachelor of Science Program in Postharvest Technology and Logistics”
Focus on human resource development to be able to integrate the knowledge of agricultural product management and logistics management to reduce losses after harvest, reduce costs of postharvest management and add the value of commercial agricultural and food products which will lead to the development of a sustainable agricultural industry and increase food security.
To nurture the graduates with expertise on fresh commodities management to reduce losses after harvest, reduce costs of postharvest management and add the value of commercial agricultural products by integrating the knowledge based on postharvest technology, agricultural product management skills and the principles of logistics to enable our graduates to be an important force in driving the economy and developing the country to be able to compete internationally.
Master of Science Program in Postharvest Technology and Innovation
Duration: 2 academic years: 1st semester (August-December), 2nd semester (January-May)
Objective: The aims of this Program are to educate the student to have knowledge, expertise, and potency in postharvest technology and innovation and to be able to apply this knowledge for prolonging shelf life of agricultural produce, driving economy and development of country, and enhancing the national and international competitiveness.
Course Synopsis and Methodology:
Postharvest losses refer to measurable quantity and quality loss of food crops at harvest, storage, transportation, processing, marketing and preparation before consumption. It occurs throughout the value chain, as a result of technical and managerial setbacks during harvest, handling, transportation, processing, packaging, marketing, and distribution. On the other hand, investment efforts made to save food after harvest usually cost less and are less harmful to the environment. A minimum postharvest losses reduction can potentially reduce production cost. Postharvest losses impact on environment and climate following unnecessary emissions of greenhouse gases produced during production, processing, and transportation of fruits and vegetable which ultimately end into loss. Postharvest Technology and Innovation program aims to transfer the knowledge and innovation to all students who may use that knowledge for improving income and nutrition status of households, food security, and qualities of agricultural products in the supply chain. Application of postharvest technology and innovation on horticultural crops is an important effort for improving food and nutrition security and raised income in many countries.
Course features both theoretical and practical learning which is divided into 3 groups: core courses, elective courses in 4 subgroups (Postharvest Technology and Innovation, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Technology, and Management), and Thesis.