Horticultural Chain Management for Eastern and Southern Africa: A Theoretical Manual

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Horticultural Chain Management for Eastern and Southern Africa is a two-volume work designed to help trainers develop suitable materials to assist small farmers and producers to supply high quality horticultural produce for sale.

This Practical Manual complements the theoretical manual and provides the trainer with simple practical tasks that reinforce and enhance comprehension of theoretical training. The whole package is structured to provide the trainer with technical background and reference materials that allow customised training in accordance with the needs of the target group to be trained.



Assessment of fresh produce quality

Fruit and vegetable consumption is growing globally. At the same time, consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the quality of the fruits and vegetables that they consume. Satisfying consumer demand and assuring the markets for fresh fruits and vegetables therefore necessitates that produce is of optimum quality in terms of the state of ripeness, organoleptic quality and variety. Quality is made up of many attributes, both intrinsic and extrinsic (Jongen, 2000). Intrinsic features of a fresh produce item include key external attributes such as colour, shape, size and freedom from defects, as well as internal attributes such as texture, sweetness, acidity, aroma, flavour, shelf-life and nutritional value (Hewett, 2006). Intrinsic components are the most important components of the subjective approach used by the consumer in deciding what to purchase. Extrinsic factors on the other hand, refer to production and distribution systems.


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