The ICAR – Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), established in 1989 at Ludhiana, undertakes lead research in the area of the post-harvest engineering and value addition technologies appropriate to agricultural production catchments and agro-processing industries. The institute is also engaged in human resource and entrepreneurship development related to post-harvest operations performed on-farm as well as off-farm in order to minimize the post-harvest losses and empower the rural community with additional income. ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India has two All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRP) namely, AICRP on Post-Harvest Engineering & Technology (PHET) and Plastic Engineering in Agricultural Structures and Environment Control (PEASEM) with 31 and 14 cooperating centres, respectively, located all over India. It is also the coordination unit of one Consortium Research Project (CRP) on Secondary Agriculture. ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and its schemes are catering to all kinds of farm produce viz. cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, specialty crops and animal products.
The Institute has strong multidisciplinary scientific base with sufficient expertise in engineering and allied technology for carrying out research, providing technical services and knowledge services and generating relevant information for national level policies on post-harvest agriculture sector. The Institute at present is operating with five divisions, namely Food Grain & Oilseed Processing Division, Agricultural Structures & Environment Control Division, Automation and Sensor Technology Division and Transfer of Technology Division at Ludhiana and Horticultural Crop Processing Division regional station at Abohar. These divisions are equipped with appropriate laboratories and some state of the art instruments, equipment, pilot plants etc.