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Effect of Transportation Distance on Quality of Farm Fresh Tomatoes

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  036114,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.15410)
Authors:   R. K. GOYAL, R. M. ILYAS

Tomato is one of the most popular and widely grown vegetable crops. It is an important tropical vegetable crop belonging to solanaceae family. The main sowing season of tomato in Punjab is October-November and its harvesting is done in March April . At this time of the year, there is glut of tomatoes in the market and prices take a sharp dip settling at 1-2 Rs. /Per kg. So in order to fetch better market price farmers should sell their produce to the potential vegetable markets of Delhi, Ganganagar, Fatehabad etc. Generally, the farmers dump their produce in local markets or sell at a very low price to processing industries, thus cutting upon their share of profit. The farmers harvest their produce in batches and transport to nearby vegetable markets of cities. In this way, they get better market price. The farmers transport their produce in variety of packaging mediums viz plastic crates, wooden cartons, corrugated fiberboard boxes, bamboo baskets etc. Generally, the farmers having large land holdings transport their produce in medium sized trucks. The second preferred mode of transportation is by tractor -trolley. Rough handling and transportation over bumpy roads damaged produce by mechanical action.

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