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