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Power Source Availability as a Means of Reducing Agricultural Post Harvest Losses


Power Source Availability as a Means of Reducing Agricultural Post Harvest Losses
Authors : Makinde K. , Enemuoh F. O. , Man A. S. , Ndagi A.
Publication Date: 23-09-2017

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Author(s):  Makinde K. , Enemuoh F. O. , Man A. S. , Ndagi A.

Published in:   International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology

License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Website: www.ijert.org

Volume/Issue:   Volume. 6 - Issue. 09 , September - 2017

e-ISSN:   2278-0181

Abstract

Over the years, high post-harvest food crops losses, arising from limited food-processing and preservation capacity, are a major hindrance to food and nutrition security in developing countries of West Africa, where seasonal food shortages and nutritional deficiency are still a major concern. It is known fact that most of the customer service interruptions are caused by the dynamic nature of the public utility companies. A stable and reliable electric power supply system is an inevitable pre-requisite for the technological and economic growth of any nation. Therefore, it has been observed that this irregular supply of power has hindered the preservation of post-harvest crops. This paper discussed the effect of irregular power supply and other factors affecting post-harvest losses and how to preserve them. Other sources to augment power supply are solar, wind wills and generators. But in this paper, the following methods were adopted to salvage these effects;- alternative power supply, early harvest, padding of the raffia basket with soft materials to reduce pressure on the package or the stored items, building a packing house and so on.

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