Postharvest handling and processing for pear, apple, and apricots

Country

Tajikistan

Led By

Student

Eduardo Gutierrez‐Rodriguez, University of California, Davis

Description

The majority of farmers in the Rasht Valley sell their crops on the fresh market. During periods of harvest, competition is fierce and the prices are low. When farmers store their harvest, they typically lose 30% to spoilage. In this project, Eduardo Gutierrez‐Rodriguez is working with the local agricultural NGO, Rushnoi, to train local farmers in improved postharvest handling practices. The farmers are learning about new techniques in harvesting, storing and processing at the household level.