HCM City (VNA) – Using post-harvest
technologies is crucial to increase the competitive edge of farm produce, heard
a recent workshop in Ho Chi Minh City.
The event was held by the Tropical Agricultural
Research and Consultancy Centre in HCM City and the Biotechnology Centre of HCM
City on July 15.
Director of the Protective Packaging Solutions
company SancoPack Pham Quoc Bao said developing preservation technologies is
important to help farmers reduce losses in quantity and to maintain the quality
of farm produce.
In Vietnam, post-harvest losses for seed plants were
estimated at 10 percent, tubers at 10-20 percent and vegetables and fruits
10-30 percent, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO).
This is mainly due to incorrect harvesting,
packaging, transporting and preserving techniques, the FAO said, adding that
packaging technologies in Vietnam are underdeveloped.
To increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese
farm produce, post-harvest preservation will receive special attention from
farmers and businesses.
Notably, the Chemistry Institute under the
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has studied a technology called
“GreenMAP” which keeps vegetables and fruits fresh three times as long as
traditional methods without chemical impacts.
This new technology is simple, cheap and reduces
post-harvest losses by 5 percent.
Experts suggested attracting young human
resources to the agricultural sector and providing training courses for