“In Nigeria, an alarming 45 per cent(750,000 tons) of tomatoes harvested in the country is lost due to poor Food Supply Chain (FSC) management; price instability resulting from seasonal fluctuation in production and the supply preference of farmers and middlemen for urban markets than processors due to low farm gate prices.”
“60% of fruit and vegetable are lost due to poor postharvest handling in Nigeria”
“ Signiﬁcant volumes of grain in developing countries are lost after harvest, aggravating hunger and resulting in expensive inputs—such as fertilizer, irrigation water, and human labor—being wasted. During postharvest operations, there may be losses of both cereal quantity and quality.” – FAO Report
All these are grave concerns for most smallholder family farmers in most developing countries of the world as their managing their post harvest losses will not only improve their livelihood but the food security of their community or country.
According to the
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