The Importance of Post Harvest Technology for Fruits and Vegetables

What is Post Harvest Technology?

Post harvest technology (PHT), most popularly known as post harvest handling, is a series of methods and techniques used in the preservation of agricultural commodities after harvest. It is a science applied to agricultural commodities for the purpose of preservation, conservation, quality control  and enhancement, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, marketing, and utilization to meet the food and nutritional requirements of consumers in relation to their needs. Continue reading “The Importance of Post Harvest Technology for Fruits and Vegetables”

Crop Protection: 3 Methods of Protecting Your Produce Without Using Chemicals

According to studies, an estimate of about one-third of potential crop production is lost to pest infestation alone every year before harvest. Other problems like soil-borne diseases and inclement weather conditions generate additional fraction of loss every year before harvesting time. Aside from that, there’s also a general estimation of losing 10% of crops after harvest. Continue reading “Crop Protection: 3 Methods of Protecting Your Produce Without Using Chemicals”

Postharvest Biology and Technology: Postharvest Technologies

The primary objectives in postharvest handling are to keep the produce cool, slow down transpiration and other chemical changes, and prevent physical damages such as bruising and impact in order to delay deterioration.

Postharvest technologies are there to stimulate agricultural production, prevent postharvest losses, boost nutritional value, and increase value of production. Continue reading “Postharvest Biology and Technology: Postharvest Technologies”

Plant Diseases: A Primer on the Nemesis of Every Farmer (Part 2)

For us to be able to come up with an effective plant disease management, we need to first be
aware of how diseases develop in a plant. What really causes plant diseases? What can we do
about these diseases?

We have discussed in the first part of this blog about the disease agents. Aside from these
disease agents (biotic and abiotic), we will be needing to discuss the other elements which
should be present to have plant diseases. Also, we’ll briefly look at some ways to prevent
harvest losses due to plant diseases later on.

Continue reading “Plant Diseases: A Primer on the Nemesis of Every Farmer (Part 2)”

Here are Some Insights on Post-Harvest Losses

Did you know that a third of all produced food for human consumption is lost or wasted?

It is for that reason why it is important even for the smallholder farmers to be
knowledgeable of the necessary steps and latest post harvest products and technologies
to prevent losing large portions of their produce.

We at BioNovelus are proud of our product, the CR-10. It is organic non-toxic, and
biodegradable. It targets microbial cell without harming produce or people because it is
developed from a protein found in the immune system of the plants. CR-10 works with
nature to protect plants from harmful microorganism.

Unlike with other products, bacteria and fungi cannot develop resistance to CR-10. By
using this, packers and exporters don’t need to use more products to protect their
produce all the time. They can reduce waste, extend shelf life and expand to new
markets with this powerful solution.

Keep reading and learn more about some facts you may not know about post harvest
losses.

 According to FAO, a whopping 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human
consumption is lost or wasted worldwide every year.

Fruits and vegetables make most of this wastage. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a third
of their total produce are lost after harvest. These crops can be easily damaged
or spoiled while being harvested, packed, stored and transported.

 Proper training and access to post harvest products and technologies have
a huge impact on the safety of food for consumption.

It is common for farmers to get the damaged produce for their consumption
because the high quality ones can be sold at a higher price. If they have access
to trainings and technologies that improve post harvest handling, they can get
more aware of the risks of consuming damaged produce.

 Improving the post harvest handling practices will allow farmers to gain
more profit.

Farmers are able to export more food for consumption while gaining more profit.

This is a win-win solution for both the farmers and the consumers. This has a
positive impact to the economy as well.

The Benefits of Organic Farming

The usage of chemical products has become the trend in agriculture. The benefits of
these chemical products are so great that any harm it may cause became unnoticeable.

However, because the problems that come along with this conventional farming have
now been exposed, many are now going back into organic farming again.

What are these problems associated to chemical products used in farming?

 Health related diseases (cancerous diseases)

 Environmental issues (Water and land pollution)

 Impact on the welfare of animals

What then is organic farming?

In organic farming, all the process involved are natural ways. All materials used in the
process of farming are made of organic or biological materials. Synthetic materials are
never used in any part of the process. This makes organic farming a healthier choice to
humans, animals and the environment.

Here are some of the most sensible reasons why we should make the switch to organic
farming.

1. Farmers will have reduced exposure to harmful chemicals.

The most affected groups of people by pesticides are the families of farmers.

2. Increased nutrition and reduced chemical contamination for consumers.

Studies show that organic foods have higher amount of nutrients compared to
those products from conventional farming.

3. Children will have less exposure to chemical pesticides.

Since a child’s body is still developing, it can be hard to defend itself from toxic

4. Organic farming builds healthy soil.

If soil is constantly exposed to harmful chemicals, it is more likely that the soil
cannot withstand it. Soil erosion is being reduced as well.

5. Organic farming supports the conservation of healthy water.

Almost everything in this planet is dependent on water. With organic farming, the
conservation of good quality water resources is strengthened.

6. Organic farming supports the welfare of animal health.

Conventional farming has contributed to the loss of habitats of many animals.

This issue can gradually be resolved when organic farming is implemented.
Moreover, animals can safely live nearby agricultural fields.