National Institute of Post Harvest Management | NIPHM
The National Institute of Post Harvest Management (NIPHM), Operating under the Ministry of Agriculture, 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.
To be the Center of Excellence in sustainable Post Harvest Development for National Food Security
Sustainable Development of National Food Security through efficient and effective Postharvest Technological Interventions to Strengthen the Supply and Value Chains of the Agricultural Produce and Products with High Quality and Safe Food, to Cater to the Domestic and Export Markets at Competitive Price.
The NIPHM 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 Post Harvest 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.
Identifying and prioritizing the research needs and implementation of programs related to harvesting, handling and transportation, storage, primary and secondary processing, by-product utilization and quality control of paddy, rice, other grains, fruits and vegetables, other field crops, spices and cut flowers for the development of the postharvest technology in Sri Lanka.
Minimize the post harvest losses occurring in grains, field crops, fruits, vegetables, spice crops and cut flowers due to adoption of improper post-harvest handling, storage and processing techniques.
Increasing the nutritional status of the country through mechanization of postharvest technologies to minimize the primary and secondary processing cost and thereby improving the nutritional quality of the agricultural food crops.
Develop and transfer sustainable agro-based industries at rural level in order to increase income and employment opportunities of the rural farm sector and thereby uplifting their living status.