ISLAMABAD - Ministry of National Food Security and Research is working to develop technologies for value chain addition in vegetable and fruits, aimed at reducing food losses and improving food and nutrition security. The task is being executed by Ayub Agriculture Research Institute, Faisalabad under an ADB project - “Strengthening of Post Harvest Research and Food Technology.” Highlighting the research being carried out on post harvest value addition of different vegetables, an official at the Ministry on Monday said another AIP is also being executed with focus on vegetable value chain addition and reduction of post-harvest losses in onion, chili and tomato crops in the country.

The official said these projects are focusing on drying and preservation of onion, spinach, carrot, chilies and peas; and product development of bitter gould, tomato, onion and garlic.

Moreover, a project is under way to reduce post harvest losses and value chain addition in chilies at Sindh Horticulture Agriculture Research Institute, Mirpurkhas, Sindh.