Focus on delivering quality dates

August 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learning about quality dates in the lab

Efficient post-harvest handling of dates to reduce losses and minimize quality deterioration is a top priority in efforts to modernize the supply chain of this key crop.
A three-day training course on Quality Measurement of Dates (July 15th to 17th) was held at the Directorate of Agricultural and Livestock Research/Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Al Rumais, Sultanate of Oman. It was organized as part of the ICARDA-Date Palm Project. The course offered theoretical presentations on quality specifications of dates, new approaches in post-harvest techniques and handling, objectives and background of quality management, a look at the dates

industry in the Gulf and quality assurance of dates.
The practical part of the workshop brought 13 trainees from the different National Agriculture Research systems in the region to help give hands-on training on the new, innovative technology that is designed to transform mere dates, into sparkling gems that are pest-free, chemical-free, and uniform in shape, colour and texture with long shelf life.
Post-harvest management, if applied properly, will soon boost the market of dates, not only in the region, but in the whole world, making dates a source of real pride for the producers and manufacturers alike.
The Date Palm Project focuses on enhancing the yield and quality of the date palm through three major activities:

(1) problem solving research,

(2) technology transfer of proven techniques among participating GCC countries and

(3) capacity building – to strengthen skills of researchers and scientists of national agricultural research systems (NARS) extension agents, farmers and marketers in the area of date palm production and marketing.

Efficient post-harvest handling of dates to reduce losses and minimize quality deterioration is a top priority in efforts to modernize the supply chain of this key crop.
A three-day training course on Quality Measurement of Dates (July 15th to 17th) was held at the Directorate of Agricultural and Livestock Research/Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Al Rumais, Sultanate of Oman. It was organized as part of the ICARDA-Date Palm Project. The course offered theoretical presentations on quality specifications of dates, new approaches in post-harvest techniques and handling, objectives and background of quality management, a look at the dates

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