Tomato farmers, assemblers, traders, wholesalers, retailers, Local Government Units and Agricultural Officers from Laguna, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya and Rizal attended the “Training on Basic Postharvest Handling of Vegetables” held on November 21, 2019 at PHTRC Annex Training Room.

Speakers were Dr. Dormita L. Del Carmen on the “Overview of Postharvest Horticulture: Causes of Losses in the Fresh Produce Supply Chain,” Mr. Johnrell S. Zuniega on the “Basic Concepts and Principles of Postharvest Handling,” Ms. Wella L. Absulio on the “Factors that Impact the Quality and Safety of Harvest,” Mr. Ryan Anthony O. Lualhati on the “Market Preparation and Packinghouse Operations,” Ms. Daphne Cassandra H. Gonzales on the “Postharvest Handling Systems for Traditional and Modern Supply Chains,” and Mr. Arjay A. Gerance on the “Cost-Benefit Analysis of Improved Postharvest Practices in the Supply Chain.”

The training aims to impart knowledge on the basic principles of postharvest handling of vegetables and at the same time, an avenue for the participants to share their experiences and innovations in reducing postharvest losses in the supply chain of tomato. (NGR)