Acta Scientific Agriculture (ASAG)(ISSN: 2581-365X)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 9

Assessment of Postharvest Supply Chain Loss of Banana and Tomato in Asella Town

Yonas Tega Gebeyehu1*, Tesfaye Mekuriyaw2 and Yidersail Hune1

1Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, College of Health Science, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
2Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Natural Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author: Yonas Tega Gebeyehu, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, College of Health Science, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia.

Received: July 29, 2020; Published: August 15, 2020

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Abstract

Postharvest loss is quantitative and qualitative food loss in the postharvest system which is a serious problem in Ethiopia. Fruit ripening is a complex process that dramatically changes in colour, texture, flavour, and chemical compositions. Tomato fruit ripening happens after harvest this ripening processes and storage temperature can severely affect the final product. Banana is a climacteric fruit with poor storage characteristics as it presents a high respiration rate after harvest and ethylene production, which make it highly perishable and prone to postharvest losses. This study was conducted in Arsi zone, Asella town. The objective of this research was to assess the postharvest supply chain loss of banana and tomato, Study the extent of loss in the supply chain (from wholesaler to consumer), put suggestive solutions to reduce such postharvest loss of banana and tomato. Asella town was selected purposely to study due it is known as major marketing activity in the region. In this study, the survey was conducted with about 102 respondents to assess for such fruit losses. The result revealed with 18.2% and 11.82% loss of banana and tomato postharvest supply chain respectively. Transportation, loading and unloading and storage condition were the main factors in postharvest supply chain loss of banana and tomato and storage condition is identified as the key issue for product loss.

Keywords: Postharvest Loss; Fruits; Banana; Tomato; Asella Town

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Citation

Citation: Yonas Tega Gebeyehu., et al. “Assessment of Postharvest Supply Chain Loss of Banana and Tomato in Asella Town. Under Salinity Stress". Acta Scientific Agriculture 4.9 (2020): 00-00.




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