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CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume IV Agro Processing Engineering, Chapter 3 Fruits and Vegetables, Part 3.6 Fruit and Vegetable Postharvest Systems in the Tropics
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume IV Agro-Processing Engineering, Chapter 3 Fruits and Vegetables, Part 3.6 Fruit and Vegetable Postharvest Systems in the Tropics, pp. 380-417 .(doi:10.13031/2013.36401)
Authors: C. J. Studman
Keywords: Section Headings: 3.6.1 Relevance of Postharvest Engineering for Fruit and Vegetables, 3.6.2 Crop Losses in the Tropics, 3.6.3 Marketing Issues for Less-Developed Countries, 3.6.4 Engineering Challenges to Postharvest Systems in the Tropics, 3.6.5 Role of the Agricultural Engineer, 3.6.6 Future Prospects and Challenges
First paragraph: Tropical countries can produce a wide range of food products that have the potential to supply both their domestic and overseas market needs . As we move into the 21st century, there is every opportunity for producers to take advantage of the increasing demand for a range of quality food products. Developing markets for tropical crops that are unknown in developed countries offers tropical countries a great opportunity to take advantage of the current desire for a wide variety of healthy foods. For example, such crops could include baobab, wild mango, African fan palm, African ebony, breadfruit, tamarind, wild loquat, feijoa, tree mallow, starfuit, jackfruit, and soursop [2, 3]. World production levels of some crops are given in Table 3.31. This table indicates the rapid growth in fruit sales, compared with more traditional products. Vegetable production follows a similar trend.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)