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Postharvest Management Strategy Implementation Plan

The National Agriculture Policy (2013) acknowledges that, among
the key challenges in the agriculture sector, is the high pre- and postharvest
losses, which makes up to 30-40 percent of the total annual
crop production. The largest magnitude of losses occurs in fruits,
vegetables, root and tuber crops, because of the perishability of
these commodities, poor post-harvest infrastructures and handling
practices. Post-harvest loss affects household’s food security and
erodes profit by reducing marketable volumes for actors. The
advantages of increased production and productivity cannot be
achieved if the actors do not have the capacity to abate the high
post-harvest losses. Mitigating PHL represents an opportunity
to improve food security, increased income, better health and a
sustainable environment. In order to reduce the post-harvest losses
for food crops, the country has been implementing the National
Agriculture Policy (2013) and Agricultural Marketing Policy (2008)
through the Agriculture Sector Development Programme I (ASDP
I), which is dedicated to strategize the implementation of the
policy’s stated problems, including management of post-harvest


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