Improving postharvest management improves the quality and safety of produce available to consumers and farmer incomes.
Vegetables are nutritious food crops and valuable commodities, and postharvest management has a big impact on their quality and the income received for them. Harvested vegetables are still living; they respire and age and can spoil easily without appropriate postharvest treatments. Postharvest losses of 9-25% of production are common. These costs are borne by farmers as reduced farm gate prices and by consumers as increased purchase prices.