Zero Cooling Chamber a Relief to Horticultural Farmers in Mndolera
- Created: Monday, 02 November 2020 17:44
- 02 Nov
…“Before being instructed by AICC agronomists on the use of the Zero Cooling Chamber in September 2019, we were losing a lot of produce every week because of over-ripening at the farm and the produce being stored at an ambient temperature in an open room of our houses,”…
Much of the post-harvest losses of horticultural products in Malawi is due to lack of proper storage facilities. Total horticultural produce is lost during harvest and storage which reduces the growers share. While refrigerated cool stores are the best method of preserving horticultural products, they are expensive to buy and difficult to run especially in rural areas where there is no electricity. Storage of fresh horticultural produce after harvesting is one of the most pressing problems of horticultural farmers in Mndolera EPA. As one way of mitigating the storage problem for horticultural farmers in Mndolera EPA, AICC through CASH project is promoting the use of the Zero Cooling Chamber as one of the better alternative for storage of horticultural produce.