Working to reduce post-harvest loss
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CTA. 1991. Working to reduce post-harvest loss. Spore 31. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Recent studies have shown that post-harvest losses in cassava crops occur in processing rather than in storage. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (llTA)'s Post-Harvest Technology Unit has carried out surveys on how to eliminate...
Recent studies have shown that post-harvest losses in cassava crops occur in processing rather than in storage. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (llTA)'s Post-Harvest Technology Unit has carried out surveys on how to eliminate loss at the family processing levels, and on how to increase the productivity of the women who do most of the processing in rural areas. The loss per family averages 2200kg per 10 tonnes/hectare, equivalent to 2954 man hours per ten tonnes per hectare. IITA is encouraging the establishment of village processing centres where fresh cassava tubers are weighed and are given in exchange for already processed food, produced on the spot with the aid of simple and appropriate technologies. Standard measures would be available to gauge the weight of the finished products, which are produced under hygienic conditions. Dr Y W Jeon of IITA says this technology will help check food loss, encourage cooperative development, raise the standard of living in rural areas, and free women for other activities. Similar centres for the processing of soybeans have already been set up by IITA at Ijaiye near Ibadan, and any profits made there are used to improve and equip the centre. All local women may bring their food crops there for processing in exchange for the finished product. Other centres, such as that at Moniya, have a biogas generating unit incorporated. Dr Y W Jeon Post-Harvest Technology Unit IlTA PMB 5320 Ibadan NIGERIA