Post-Harvest Losses of Eggplant in Ghana
Eggplant (Solanum spp.) is susceptible to post-harvest loss because of its perishable nature. The project was undertaken to assess post-harvest loss in eggplant production. Five communities mainly involved in eggplant production in the Atebubu district of the Bono Ahafo Region, Ghana, were chosen. Sixty (60) from 200 farmers involved in eggplant production were randomly selected and interviewed with another 80 farmers interviewed two months later. Five middlemen/women and ten retailers were randomly interviewed. Respondents were interviewed using a semi-structured and open-ended questionnaire. The study indicated that there is a year-round demand for eggplant, and it is potentially profitable for farmers to grow. However, unavailable storage facilities and poor agronomic practices and frequent use of agro-chemicals results in post-harvest loss, making farmers not achieve the desired profits. It is therefore important to prioritize efforts into research in eggplant production to boost nutritional and food security in both tropical and non-tropical areas as they are consumers of eggplant fruits.
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