Hot water treatment effective for post-harvest fruits, vegs

6 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BOGURA: Agricultural scientists and researchers have urged the farmers and traders to use hot water plants for treatment of their fruits and vegetables to reduce the post-harvest losses of those.

The traditional practices cause huge loss of vegetables and various seasonal fruits including mango at different stages of the supply chain every year. As a whole, the losses can be reduced qualitatively and quantitatively after the best uses of modern technologies of hot water treatment, washing and packaging.

They came up with the observation while addressing a daylong training workshop titled “Value Chain Based Improved Post-harvest Management of Fruits and Vegetables” in the district on Monday.

The Post-harvest Technology Section under Horticulture Research Centre of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organised the training at Vatara Pack House site in Sherpur Upazila.

Integration of Post-harvest Technology and Best practices in the Value Chain of Fruits and Vegetables project and National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) jointly supported the training.

BARI Director Dr SM Sharifuzzaman addressed the session as chief guest with Principal Investigator of the Project and BARI Chief Scientific Officer Dr Nazrul Islam in the chair.

Director of BARI Tuber Crops Research Centre Dr Kabita Anju-Man-Ara, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Dulal Hossain and Principal Scientific Officer of Rajshahi Fruit Research Station and Co-investigator of the project Dr Alim Uddin spoke as special guests.

Around 25 businessmen, farmers and exporters joined the training and were given knowledge and ideas on how to treat, wash and package their post harvested fruits and vegetables practically at the Pack house.

Sharing his expertise Dr Sharifuzzaman said substantial and sustainable adoption and use of hot water treatment plants can be the vital means of reducing post-harvest losses of vegetables and fruits caused by conventional and unscientific practices.

He said the major causes of post-harvest losses are enormous like improper harvesting, traditional handling practices at different stages of supply chain and post-harvest diseases.

To overcome the odd situation, it is essential to apply improved post-harvest handling practices to reduce the post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables to a minimum acceptable level in the industry.

Post-harvest measures of mango and vegetables include improved handling, packaging, transportations and storage facilities.

He told the participants that the Pack House has been installed for hot water treatment, washing and packaging of post-harvest fruits and vegetables innovated by BARI for benefiting the farmers and traders concerned.

Steps should be taken to disseminate the improved post-harvest handling technologies among different stakeholders at different stages of the supply chain of mango fruit as it plays a vital role towards uplifting the region’s socio-economic condition.