Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science

ISSN: 2291-4471 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-448X (Online)

Volume 1 (2013), No. 3, Pages 24-31

DOI: 10.12735/as.v1i3p24

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Estimation of Economic Value of Gardening Produces Hidden Harvest (Case Study: Prunus Persica)

Gonai Baghdadi1  Sonai Baghdadi2  Homa Soroshmehr3 

1Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran
2Slamic Azad University, Damghan, Iran
3Tehran University, Iran


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Due to growing population and needs more food supply, increased productivity in agricultural production have been more considered and for this purpose, different strategies such as increasing acreage, yield per unit area, achieving superior cultivars, field operations management and the like have been suggested by the researchers. One of the ways (strategies) is that lower hitherto been considered, reduce postharvest losses, or "hidden harvest". Plant produces are living systems: due to doing postharvest biological processes that concluded to be ruined quickly. Harvesting and postharvest handling of crops, play a critical role in assuring their price and quality. Peach is perishable produce and after harvest a high percentage of it is useless immediately. Improvement of postharvest quality and efficiency in the marketing system necessitates improved harvesting methodologies, training of farmers, as well as the use of appropriate facilities and equipment for transportation, packaging and storage. So in this study for estimation the economic value peaches hidden harvest was used benefit-cost method. The required data were collected with through a questionnaire from 45 peach growers of east Golestan province. The results of this investigation disclosed that use of appropriate facilities and equipment for transportation, packaging, storage and increasing the awareness of farmers will be increased peach produce with reducing losses till 40 percent in the region. It is suggested measures such as precooling and cool keeping till the time of selling or processing, using refrigerated vehicles, equipping sales centers to refrigerators, proper packaging and maintenance of fruit at a temperature of 2 to 3 °C should be implemented.

Keywords: estimation, economic value, hidden harvest, Prunus persica

To Cite this Article: Baghdadi, G., Baghdadi, S., & Soroshmehr, H. (2013). Estimation of economic value of gardening produces hidden harvest (case study: prunus persica). Agricultural Science, 1(3), 24-31.

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Estimation of Economic Value of Gardening Produces Hidden Harvest (Case Study: Prunus Persica)