In the more recent years, one of the major global problems is secured food supply for
the exponentially rising population. Based from FAO’s findings, in order for food to be
enough for the increasing human population, food production needs to grow by 70%.
One of the solutions to this global crisis is to combat post-harvest losses. This post will
brief you on some of the basic harvest handling tips to avoid further losses in the
production of crops.
1. Post-harvest quality planning must be accomplished.
There should be a set of good agricultural practices (GAP) to be developed for
each specific crop. Everything from the land use, water quality, field sanitation,
workers’ dynamics and operations and other factors should be highly considered.
2. Each program that has been pre-planned must be carefully executed and
implemented during harvest.
3. It is best to perform harvest during low-temperature time of the day.
This will ensure low product respiration.
4. Avoid the harvested products to be in direct contact with the sun.
Always keep them cool.
5. Make sure that there is good airflow where the crops are stored.
Poor ventilations speeds up the decaying process.
6. Never let the produce be bruised or crushed.
Careful handling must always be observed.
7. It is not advisable to mix some of the bad crops in a pack of good ones.
This will just spoil the whole bunch.
8. Use only clean and dry containers for transport.
Avoid contamination in the crops.
9. Organic products like CR-10 can be used to protect the quality of the crops
without compromising the health of consumers.
10. High quality cooling systems are good investments in this line of field.
After all, temperature is the single most important factor to consider to maintain post-