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International Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 364 - 372

Role of Greenhouse Technology in Agricultural Engineering

Anil Kumar, G.N. Tiwari, Subodh Kumar and Mukesh Pandey    

Abstract: The present study is concerned with the scope of greenhouse technology in agricultural engineering (cultivation, drying and space heating). The greenhouse can provide control environment for high value crops like medicinal plants, flowers etc. crops grown inside a greenhouse are healthy and give better results. The design of a greenhouse depends upon the latitude of the place and the requirement of crop. The main criteria for selection of greenhouse can be its value of solar fraction, which have been discussed in detail in the article. Depending upon the requirement of crops, different heating and cooling arrangements can be made in inside the greenhouse. Drying is a widely used practice in food preservation. Drying of crop/fruit/medicinal plants inside a greenhouse is also very useful technique for reducing postharvest losses, due to undesirable moisture contents. The study also highlights the application of greenhouse for drying under natural as well as forced mode.

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