Unlike popular belief, Good Agricultural Practices do not stop with harvesting. Storing and Transportation activities are also important in order to ensure that clean and safe food will land on the consumers’ table. Bellow you can find some critical steps.
- All workers are suggested to wear disposable gloves during the collection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- During collection, fruits and vegetables shall be placed in proper and clean packs.
- Store full packs in shadow areas, if not directly inside special facilities.
- As far as transportation is concerned, you can select an appropriate vehicle provided with temperature and moisture control system, according to local regulations.
- If planning to sell fruits and vegetables to Farmers Markets, make sure your kiosk is placed in a shadowy area. Sun exposure can cause sunburns and intense respiration, which will lead to low quality product and consequently lower price.
For further explanation and detailed local specifications of GAP, please consult your Local Authority (for instance Ministry of Agriculture)
Food Supply Chain (Proper Storing and Transportation)
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