Training on “Harvest and Post-harvest fruit quality control/orchard fall works”

Some of the most important periods for successful fruit production are pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest. This is the time when most of the farmers “drop the ball,” which leads to fruit loss, excess damage and poor quality.

In order to raise farmers’ awareness on the importance of fall fruit quality management systems, the EU funded Project “Sustainable Development in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan” during August 07-14 organized a series of trainings on “Harvest and Post-harvest fruit quality control/orchard fall works” in Namangan, Fergana, Kashkadarya and Jizzakh regions.

The main purpose of the trainings was to strengthen the capacities of fruit farmers regarding the following:

- Methods to find the correct fruit maturity time for picking;

- Use of pre harvest fruit treatment methods to extend their shelf life;

- Understanding the role macro and micro elements play in fruit quality;

- Gaining skills and knowledge to identify and manage post-harvest diseases and other problems during storage.

The trainings were led by international orchard management specialist Patrick Brady who has more than 25 years’ experience in IPM and orchard management systems.

There was a lot of interest in the trainings and the farmers asked a lot of questions as they realize this is an area in which they need to learn more about because it has such a big impact on their final profit.

This topic is vital for farmers since the government is wisely placing a bigger emphasis on increasing fruit quality so that fruit and vegetable exports will increase and bring more revenue into the country.