Students learn basic Post Harvesting
December 18, 2009

Students learn basic Post Harvesting

IN ORDER TO introduce the Post Harvest management skill to the young students, the Division of Technical and Vocational Education of the SVG Community College and the Taiwan Technical Mission held a Post Harvest Management Workshop on December 5, 2009, which was attended by 43 students.{{more}}

A specialist from the Mission, Jonathan C. H. Chen, illustrated the basic theories regarding Post Harvesting, such as raw material treatment, washing procedure, temperature control, location, sterilization and packaging. He also explained how quality control and the right proportion of gas composition added to the product can prolong its shelf life and prevent it from being spoiled, for example Control Atmosphere and Modified Atmosphere.

Besides the theoretical introduction, Chen further explained the local fruits post harvest management technology by case studies. For those students majoring in Agriculture, the workshop specifically demonstrated how to apply different factors to control post maturing procedures, such as air, temperature, seasons, humidity and light.

The Dean of the Division of Technical and Vocational Education, Joseph Mapp, thanked the Mission for its continuous cooperation with the College by holding the workshops which help the students. Agricultural Science teacher Michker Edwards said she believes that the workshop benefited the students.