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Israel: Postharvest, Physiology, Pathology & Handling of Fresh Commodities Trainning

On the 11th February – 7th March 2013, Siope Pele, Research Officer of the Plant & Food Technology (PFT) Division attended a training in Israel on Postharvest, Physiology, Pathology & Handling of Fresh Commodities. The course was organized by the Institute of Technology and Storage of Agricultural Produce of the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) in cooperation with the Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO). The course is part of the wide international activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV). The course objectives were

  • To understand the Physiological, Pathological and Environmental factors involved in the deterioration of fresh agricultural produce.
  • To learn postharvest technologies and best practices associated with the postharvest handling of fresh fruits and vegetables, to assist in the delay of senescence, reduce loss and maintain the best possible quality of the produce.
  • To initiate, research, teach and transfer knowledge to extension workers and farmers.
Siope delivered a presentation to the scientists group on his course sharing some of the lessons taught as well as skills acquired. He also provided all course materials to add to SROS’s information base for its research activities.