Demonstration of improved Dutch storage, sorting and packaging technologies
There is a lack of adequate quality potato storages in Bangladesh. Most traditional storages are multi-story buildings, where potatoes are stored in jute bags which block the flow of air and prevent proper inspection of the potatoes. The design of these storages often does not allow for adequate control of temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. In addition, in most of the available storages, sorting and packaging is done manually. The unsuitable storage facilities and lack of knowledge on quality storage and proper handling of potatoes lead to avoidable losses of volume and quality during storage.
What do we do?
Improved storage, sorting and packaging technologies and increased knowledge are needed that contribute to reduced post-harvest losses. The following activities are therefore implemented during the project period:
- Based on established criteria, two business partners were selected where the improved technologies are demonstrated:
– Rangpur Himagar Pvt. Ltd;
– Salamin Foods Ltd.
The financial and economic feasibility of the improved storage performance was a precondition for their participation.
- The custom-made storage, sorting and packaging equipment is demonstrated at the two selected locations.
- The storage conditions are monitored by using sensors and coaching the storage managers.
- The operational and economic performance of the selected storage facilities is monitored and reported on. The results demonstrate whether the new introduced business models contribute to reduced post-harvest losses and increase grower income.
- The results are disseminated to relevant stakeholders.