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Post-harvest operations in Maharashtra


The crop is harvested close to the ground when about 90 per cent of the grains in the panicle are grey in colour ( Straw colour). Delayed harvesting causes considerable loss by shattering of grains resulting in considerable loss in yield and increased percentage of broken rice in hulling and due to damage by rats and birds.

The right stage of harvesting is when the ears are nearly ripe and the straw slightly green. The crop is generally cut with a sickl

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