Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
Environmental assessment of fungal spoilage of common fruits: Impact on rural economic development at tahsil - Naigarhi, disst. – Rewa (M.P.)
Author(s): Saurabh Madan, Sanstuti Pandey, Somdatt Pandey
Abstract: The systematic survey of fungal fruit Spoilage and Rural Economic Loss of Some common Fruits in the markets of town – Naigarhi and nearby villages of Tahsil – Naigarhi, Disst – Rewa (M.P.) was undertaken to assess impact on rural economic development. 120 Fruit sellers were randomly selected and interviewed to obtain socio-economic characteristics. The survey data were collected using oral questionnaires, personal interviews and chaupal discussions at panchayats and markets of study area. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data collected. Recurrent sampling from the some common fruits depicted variable intensity of fruit spoiling fungal flora. Fungal spoilage of 3 selected common fruits were studied and in all 11 spoilage fungi were observed. Among these Alternaria, Fusarium and Rhizopus were responsible for extensive fruit spoilage and economic losses to fruit sellers. Fruit spoilage fungi during extreme environmental conditions (rainy season) showing increased percent disease incidence in the markets of Naigarhi Tahsil, of district Rewa (M.P.). During rainy season temperature and related humidity were high. Therefore this study gives a brief account of fungal fruit spoilage and their impact on rural economic loss of fruit sellers.
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