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Agro-Product Processing Technology

Principles and Practice, 1st Edition

By B K Bala

CRC Press

432 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 184 B/W Illus.

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Global food security is a challenging issue to meet the food and nutritional requirements and has become an issue for national policymakers and public concern. There is a need to enhance agricultural production as well as to reduce the postharvest loss, improve the quality of the processed products and add value to the products to make more quality food available. Agro product processing technology plays the major role to reduce the post harvest losses, improve the quality of processed products and add value to the products. This also would generate employment and ultimately would contribute to food security.


  • Covers wide spectrum of agro-product processing technology
  • Explains the principles and practices of agro-product processing technology with a good number of worked examples to learn the basic principles quickly through examples
  • Contains examples from different operations on current problems to show the wide applications of principles of agro product technology
  • Includes process control and emerging technologies in agro product processing such as energy and exergy analysis, neural network modelling and cfd modelling

This book deals with physical and thermal properties, cleaning and sorting, drying and storage, parboiling and milling, by product utilization, heating and cooling refrigerated cooling and cold storage. The unique feature of this book is the machine vision for grading fruits, process control and materials handling and emerging technologies such as neural network, finite element, cfd and genetic algorithm.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Physical, Thermal and Chemical Properties of Food and Biological Materials. Cleaning, Grading and Sorting. Psychometry. Drying of Agro Products. Parboiling of Rice. Milling of Rice and Wheat. By-Product Utilization. Storage of Agro Products. Heating and Cooling of Agro Products. Refrigeration and Cold Storage. Separation. Materials Handling and Conveying. Process Dynamics and Control. Emerging Technologies. Index

About the Author

Professor B. K. Bala received his PhD on ‘Deep bed drying of malt from Newcastle University, UK and postdoctoral on solar drying from the same university and also from Hohenheim University, Germany. Professor Bala has taught the courses on Agricultural Process Engineering and Drying and Storage of Agricultural Products to undergraduate and postgraduate students in agricultural engineering and food engineering courses for more than 30 years and supervised more than dozens of MS and PhD students in drying and storage of grains, fruits and vegetables and fish at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. The author also contributed papers in the fields of drying and storage of grains, fruits and vegetables, herbal and medicinal plants, and fish and published widely in peer reviewed international journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General