The Arid Fruits of Rajasthan: Product Diversification
Rajahthan is the largest state of india harbouring a number of arid and semi-arid fruit plants.These fruit plants bear heavily but the fruits have a short shelf life. The native people collect these fruits and convert them to a variety of by-products so that they can be utilized throughout the year and so that the fruits can be saved from spoilage.
Fruits like ber, aonla, phalsa, jamun and bael are converted to a variety of products namely squash, jam, jelly, preserve, candy and toffees. Value addition to the crops by the local people in a proper and regulated way help to increase the standard of living and ensures food and nutritional security as well.
Keywords: Rajasthan, Value Addition, Fruits, Local People
Dr. Dheeraj Singh
Assistant Professor, Post Harvest Technology, MPUAT