Big step in post-harvest technology

08:03 | 23/07/2014 Science - Technology

(VEN) - To ensure quality of a rich source of agricultural products, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is promoting the application of post-harvest technologies and has initially obtained positive results, helping Vietnamese goods meeting both domestic and export demand.

The application of post-harvest technologies helps increase competitiveness for agricultural products

Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said post-harvest preservation and processing technology is an important phase to improve product quality and competitiveness for agricultural products. However, Vietnamese technologies remained low and had not caught up with farmers’ production capabilities and put limitations on the export of agricultural products.

After three years implementation of the program to promote the use of post-harvest technologies initial results have been recognizable, notably the successful project on technologies to produce surimi for export. This project was aimed at exporting to hard-to-please markets like Japan (100 tonnes) and the Republic of Korea (over 6,000 tonnes) at a price of US$1,750 per tonne.

Chairman of the project Dr and Ass. Prof Le Duc Manh said “in the future, products of the project will surely be exported to Europe and countries in other regions.”

Another successful project was the application of heat pump drying to reduce  tea material losses by10-15 percent compared with the old technology. This processing method met the standards regulated by the Ministry of Health. At present, these products started to be supplied to institutes of traditional medicine and medical centers nationwide. In addition, many advanced technologies in preserving woods, mushrooms, fresh milk and seafood have also been applied and produced positive results.

Apart from this program, the MOST has recently carried out a project applying Japan’s ABI group CAS preservation technology with total investment of US$1 million. This is the best technology today with long-time preservation capability on fresh vegetables, fruits and foodstuffs and was put into trial application on preserving Luc Ngan litchi; Hung Yen longans, Vinh oranges and Tien Giang mangoes which produced good results and ensured food hygiene and safety.

Despite the late appearance of Vietnam’s post-harvest technologies compared with other countries, initial results have been positive. More technology transfers are expected in the future to make a breakthrough in the preservation of Vietnam’s seafood and agricultural products to target export and improve farmers’ lives.

Program KC.07/11-15 is one of 15 key sci-tech programs at state-level which targeted the successful applications and development of advanced technologies to reduce post-harvest loss on some Vietnam’s major agro-forestry-fishery and medicinal products, contributing to persifying the high-added value and high quality agro-forestry-fishery products for consumption and export./.

By Quynh Nga