Strategies to Reduce Post-Harvest Losses for Fruits and Vegetables

Aysel Elik, Derya Kocak Yanik, Yildiray Istanbullu, Nurcan Aysar Guzelsoy, Arzu Yavuz, Fahrettin Gogus


Post-harvest loss is one of the concerns of food security and global hunger in many countries. The extent of fruit and vegetable loss reaches up to 50 % thus, reducing fruit and vegetable loss and waste is the one of the leading issue for providing sustainably feeding the world’s population in the future. Major causes of post-harvest losses in fruit and vegetable occur during harvesting, post-harvest handling and storage, processing stages, distribution and consumption. Therefore, the use of appropriate post-harvest handling, packaging, transportation and storage practices is very important to minimize the amount of post-harvest loss. This paper provides a review which includes causes of postharvest losses of the fruit and vegetable and appropriate methods to minimize these losses.

Keywords: post-harvest, fruit, vegetable, loss

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-3-04

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702