Improving Fruit Postharvest Quality through Best Management Practices for Perishable Vegetable Production in Protective Structures
University of Florida
Centro de Investigacion Agropecuaria San Antonio, Tecolostote (Nicaragua); Corporacion Dinant, Comayagua (Honduras); Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Laboratorio de Tecnologia Poscosecha, CIA, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, (Costa Rica); Project Haiti WINNER, Petion-Ville (Haiti)
Teresa Salame; Maricruz Ramirez-Sanchez; Craig D. Stanley; Jack E. Rechcigl; Henner A. Obregon-Olivas; Jessie E. Inestroza; Maria G. Cuevas; Marco V. Saenz; Jean-Robert Estime
The main goal of the project is to implement technologies to enhance bell pepper yields and quality and to develop a comprehensive education, research and market-knowledge network for information exchange. The project is divided in two main components: a) research and validation, and b) education, cooperation and communication. For the first component, already-proven technologies are validated in greenhouses and high tunnels. On the second component, hands-on training workshops and educational meetings are conducted, and the ”Protected Agriculture Information Network for Central America and the Caribbean (PAINET)” is created and organized. The implementation of this project will impact: a) the current production practices, b) the educational level of the participants and stakeholders, c) further integration of women in agribusiness, and d) the long-term future of the protected agriculture vegetable industry in the region.