Beijing to host international course on post-harvest management and preservation technology in April

The foremost agricultural countries in the world all place an emphasis on such key issues as storage, preservation, and processing in the development of their agricultural industry. Around 70% of the investments in US farms are aimed at the post-harvest stages of the production process. The loss of fruit due to post-harvest damage is between 1.7% and 5%. The Netherlands, little more than twice the size of Beijing, is the second-largest agricultural supplier in the world, just behind the USA. Their greatest advantage is the system of post-harvest preservation that keeps the ratio of loss due to damage of fruit, vegetables, and flowers below 5%.

The average rate of loss due to damage between farm and table is 20%-40% in China. The accumulated loss due to damage during transport between farm and market and from market to table exceeds 40% for strawberries, grapes, and bananas, and more than 30% for longans, lychee, and kiwi fruit. That rate is more than 33% for mushrooms, bok choy, and lettuce, and more than 20% for bamboo shoots, edible tree fungus, and tomatoes.

Medium-sized Chinese companies with an annual sales value of around 10 million yuan [1.49 million USD] suffer a loss of income due to post-harvest damage of around 10%, which is around 1 million yuan [149 thousand USD]. How can the Chinese fruit and vegetable industry solve this problem? The Dutch Wageningen University will organize a course entitled "Post-Harvest Management and Preservation Technology 4.0" in Beijing on April 26th-28th, 2019.

Follow this link for course details and relevant announcements (Chinese).

Source: Future Agriculture Information Center


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