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Post Harvest Management

Authoritative. Experienced. Practical. Commercial. YFN Georgia’s Post-Harvest experts have decades of experience in developing and implementing post-harvest management systems for horticultural crops in Europe, Asia and Australia. Increasing customer sensetivity to chemical residues and demand for longer shelf-life as fresh produce is increasingly sold through supermarkets are making stringently enforced post-harvest management systems a necessity for financial survival.

Our technical experts are from New Zealand and Australia, and have expertise either in physiology of plant products, post-harvest technology and engineering, or commercial farming. Our team utilize research findings from Australian purpose- built research facilities with 26 experimental cool stores, 192 independently computer monitored controlled atmosphere storage units, a commercial scale food grade factory and fully equipped laboratories. All procedures have been exhaustively trialled in Australia and China under commercial conditions before being promoted commercially. 

Typically, our personnel manage projects in a three-phase sequence

Phase I

Post-harvest experts would scope the project and finalise details of training programme.

  • Scope requirements of operation i.e. products, markets, end use etc
  • Examine, audit and document existing facilities and capability with respect to meeting Codex Alimentarius and WHO requirements for food safety and product quality.
  • Provide advice on production, harvest, handling, packaging, storage and transport practices to optimise product quality, freshness and safety.
  • Provide advice on facility and infrastructure design to optimise product quality.
  • Provide recommendations to bring operation up to world’s best practice.
  • Deliver several short seminars to give an overview of optimum postharvest handling practices for fresh vegetables and the latest developments in food safety practices for the production and handling of vegetables and fruit

Phase 2

Deliver postharvest handling training courses and food safety training courses on site. Modules for these courses include:

Postharvest handling:

  1. Production practices to optimise quality and shelf life
  2. Harvest practices
  3. Precooling
  4. Sorting, grading, packing
  5. Minimising physical damage
  6. Modified atmosphere packaging
  7. Storage
  8. Transport

Food safety

  1. International regulations affecting food safety and trade
  2. Safe vegetable production
  • Preplanting
  • Selection of land
  • Soil testing
  • Fertilising
  • Irrigation
  • Harvesting
  • Worker hygiene
  • Worker training
  • General hygiene
  • Postharvest wash water
  • Transport hazards
  • Produce testing

Phase III

Follow up evaluation and audit

Visit site to assess operation when fully commissioned. Provide audit of facilities and activities and provide recommendations for improvement.

A three-phase programme of this kind is sufficient in most cases for companies to apply for domestic or international certification of their food supply chain safety and quality standards.