Valencia hosted the One Day Technical Workshop on Postharvest Conservation of Citrus Fruits
At the event, organized by TECNIDEX and Greenyard Fresh Spain, innovative solutions for the current season were presented.
At the very start of the citrus fruit season, Valencia hosted the One Day Workshop on Postharvest Conservation of Citrus Fruits, organized by TECNIDEX and Greenyard Fresh Spain. The event was well attended, with the participation of producers and marketers from the citrus fruit sector.
During the meeting, which was held on 15 September last year, the critical points of the previous season were studied and guidelines for the start of the new season for early varieties were set out, having as its main aim to convey the importance of postharvest handling of fruit, a key aspect in its commercial life and for complaints that producers and marketers receive.
The workshop was presented by María Fernanda Campa, director of the Quality Department of Greenyard Fresh Spain, and Valentín Turégano, Director General of Business Strategy for TECNIDEX. The speaker was Laura Vila, in charge of TECNIDEX’s Agro-Biology Laboratory.
Valentín Turégano presented the work undertaken by TECNIDEX on worldwide postharvesting, its global aspect and high specialization in specific solutions for each market, aspects that have been achieved after years of work and due to its strategic positioning in certain countries, in which the company has its own subsidiaries and local management teams. This has provided the company with a close and real vision of the problems in the horticultural sector in each of the countries and has lead it to innovate in its products and technologies so as to be able to offer better solutions and respond to the demands of the strictest destinations. Turégano explained that, besides the protection and care of citrus fruits, the company takes on a large number of crops, among them, seed and stone fruits, kiwi fruit, persimmon, tropical fruit and vegetables.
Given that the season has started, during the first part of the One Day Technical Workshop, the person in charge of the Agro-Biology Laboratory at TECNIDEX dealt with the early varieties and how to successfully undertake the degreening process.
In this line, the different stages of the fruit, from its harvesting and reception at the centre to the treatment and preparation processes, placing special emphasis on the importance of carrying out “proper and careful handling” of these varieties both pre- and postharvest, due to their delicacy. In order to offer a more didactic approach, practical cases of the consequences of incorrect or improper handling were explained.
During the second part of the workshop an analysis of the main problems encountered during the 2016-2017 citrus fruits season was made, tackling three moments: the start of the season -degreening-, the season itself, and the end of the season -long conservation-.
The main damage appearing at postharvest, both mechanical and handling as well as field physiopathies and rotting, were discussed in this paper. On this point TECNIDEX compared the consequences of good and bad practices during harvesting, as well as correct and incorrect application of active ingredients, offering workable solutions for the various problems. On this last point, the importance of providing appropriate treatment with quality, effective and suitable postharvest products was highlighted, key for controlling citrus fruit diseases and preserving their quality until they reach the final consumer.
Likewise, the company insisted on the importance of correct handling of equipment, as well as cleanliness and disinfection at all stages of the process.