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Title: Post harvest handling, marketing and assessment of losses in papaya
Authors: T M, Gajanana
M, Sudha
A K, Saxena
V, Dakshinamoorthy
Keywords: post harvest loss, marketing, papaya
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Acta Hort. (ISHS)
Citation: Gajanana, T.M., Sudha, M., Saxena, A.K. and Dakshinamoorthy, V. 2010. Post harvest handling, marketing and assessment of losses in papaya. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 851:519-526
Abstract: Keeping in view the importance of papaya (Carica papaya L.) and also the non-availability of studies on marketing and assessment of post harvest losses, a study was taken up on papaya var. Taiwan 786 grown in the major papaya producing state of Andhra Pradesh and marketed in Bangalore of Karnataka state. The results revealed that the total post harvest loss (PHL) worked out to 25.49 per cent consisting of 1.66 per cent at filed level, transit loss of 4.12 per cent and ripening loss of 8.22 per cent at the market level and 11.49 per cent at the retail level. At the filed level, the losses were mainly due to immature and small size of fruits, malformation and harvesting injury. At the market level, bruises and pressing injury caused transit loss. Anthracnose and fruit rot due to alternaria and phytophthora were the main causes of loss during ripening. Rotting of fruits was the main cause of loss during retailing. Marketing system for papaya was not found to be efficient. Inclusion of PHL as another component of marketing cost would add to inefficiency of the marketing system as it reduced the efficiency index. There is a need to reduce the PHL through the recommended pre and post harvest treatments and better handling and storage to improve the marketing efficiency in papaya.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/64
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