The proper knowledge and training in post-harvest handling of crops is severely lacking.
Losses in quantity and quality affect horticultural crops between harvest and consumption. The magnitude of post-harvest losses in fresh fruits and vegetables is an estimated 5 to 25 percent in developed countries and 20 to 50 percent in developing countries, depending upon the commodity. To reduce these losses, producers and handlers must understand the biological and environmental factors involved in deterioration and use post-harvest techniques that delay senescence and maintain the best possible quality.
To offer training and subsidized prices to farmers to enable them to purchase and use these technologies in their farms and help our farmers compete favorably in the international markets.