Quantifying postharvest losses along a commercial tomato supply chain in Fiji: a case study

Underhill, S. J. R and Kumar, S. (2015) Quantifying postharvest losses along a commercial tomato supply chain in Fiji: a case study. Journal of Applied Horticulture, 17 3: 199-204.

Author Underhill, S. J. R
Kumar, S.
Title Quantifying postharvest losses along a commercial tomato supply chain in Fiji: a case study
Journal name Journal of Applied Horticulture
ISSN 0972-1045
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 199
End page 204
Total pages 6
Place of publication Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Publisher Journal of Applied Horticulture
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports on a detailed case study of postharvest losses along a commercial small holder tomato supply chain in Fiji. It is the first systematic quantification of postharvest horticultural losses undertaken in Fiji. Postharvest loss was measured from harvest through to product arrival at the Suva municipal fruit and vegetable markets, with post-municipal market loss determined using simulated storage conditions. In this study, 32.9% of the harvested product was removed from the commercial supply chain due to rots (8.8%), failure to ripen (8.9%), insufficient volume fill a carton (7.8%), physical damage during transport (0.1%) and fruit being over-ripe (6.4%). Poor temperature management during on-farm product ripening and limited on-farm postharvest hygiene were key contributors to the observed loss. In trace-back studies to identify the end-use of all product removed from the commercial chain, of the 32.9% total commercial postharvest loss, 11.0% was consumed at home and/or traded within the village, 6.3% was fed to domestic livestock, and a further 14.7% ended up as on-farm waste or dumped at the municipal refuge. Based on simulated ambient storage condition, once the fruit arrived at the municipal markets, daily postharvest loss thereafter was between 8.3% and 13.4%. Overall accumulative postharvest losses based on three days post-market ambient storage was 60.8%. Postharvest ripening, storage and transport conditions along the supply chain are discussed.
Keyword Pacific
Supply chain
Postharvest horticulture
Food wastage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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