B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes:
Horticulture farming is an important and increasingly becoming reliable source of foreign exchange earnings for the country.
The export earnings from the horticultural sector have been growing spectacularly over the years.
The country has a relatively low market share for almost all horticultural products and therefore, has an opportunity for rapid growth from potential buyers both within the country and elsewhere.
This can only be possible if farmers engaged in growing these crops are in position to observe the best practices possible right from production to post harvest handling.
As such there is concerted effort by scientists across Africa in collaboration with Korea Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) in trying to address challenges faced by farmers and those involved in the value chain on how to handle horticulture produce at post-harvest stage. Read more