Primary Processing, Storage and Handling

This Department offers solutions to problems related to post harvest processing and storage of food grains, pulses, oil seeds, millets and spices. Food is lost between harvest and consumption, often because of poor choice of storage facilities that allow moisture, fungus, rodents and insects to take their toll or unaware of the available processing in handling. Training and consultancies are offered by the faculty members on solving problems and storage and handling. Research projects on Public Private Partnership mode are also conducted. Furthermore, the faculty members of the department also focus on pest management techniques in stored commodities. The faculty members also work in teams with other Departments on inter-disciplinary projects that require their expertise. Normal atmosphere storage, fumigation of food grains, controlled atmosphere storage and modified atmosphere storage in bulk and bag are some areas the faculty members work on. The Department has a Storage Entomology laboratory and a bulk storage research facility which comprise of five galvanized metal bins of various diameters and heights with fully automated loading, aerating and drying systems. The faculty members also accept students from other Institutions for conducting their M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. research works. Current on-going research projects in the Department are:

1. Safe storage guidelines for the Mung Bean Vigna radiata (L.) and Urd Bean Vigna mungo (L.)

2. House hold silos for food security in the new millennium

3. Ensuring food security: harnessing science to protect our grain harvest from insect threats

4. Management of Pests in Copra Processing and Storage

5. Oxidative stability studies and quality assessment of olive oil blends for the benefit of Indian Consumers

6. Effect of process parameters of ohmic heating of soymilk on yield and quality of tofu


  • Name : Dr.M.Loganathan
    Designation : Professor and Head
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    Contact No. : +91-9750968410
    Specialization : Storage Entomology
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  • Name : Mr. E. Arulmurugan
    Designation : Physical Education Teacher (C)
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    Contact No. : +91 8903238168
    Specialization : Physical Education
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  • Staff Members

  • Name : Smt. T. Malarkodi
    Designation : SS. Grade II
    Email ID : -
    Contact No. : +91-9787785342
    Specialization : -
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