|Title:||Technology on Reducing Postharvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruit and Vegetables (Philippines)||Authors:||Perlita Aquino-Nuevo
Arnel Ramir Apaga
|Issue Date:||Dec-2010||Publisher:||農業試驗所||Start page/Pages:||154-167||Source:||農業試驗所特刊第147號||Conference:||2010 AARDO Workshop on Technology on Reducing Post-harvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruits and Vegetables||Abstract:||
The Philippines is predominantly agriculture which covers 47% or 30 million hectares. However,
the landholdings are small and non-contiguous. Fruits and vegetables grow well with the least inputs
except when typhoons and drought hit the country. The bountiful harvest are wasted during the
distribution process due to a number of reasons: use of inappropriate containers, poor road conditions,
high temperatures, and rough handling. Postharvest losses could be up to 50%. While postharvest
technologies are continuously being developed, transferred and adopted by the target sectors, the need
for cooperation and coordination among the stakeholders is very critical. Information dissemination on
the proper handling of fruits and vegetables through print and broadcast media must be sustained.
Postharvest must be strengthened in the different schools as well as the extension manpower all over
the country. The support for efficient postharvest facilities and infrastructures for perishable
horticultural crops where the small producers would benefit should be prioritized. While the
production areas are not increasing, the population is growing very rapidly. To ensure more food
becoming available to consumers, a significant reduction in postharvest losses must be achieved.
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