ISSN 2284-7995, ISSN Online 2285-3952


Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 17 ISSUE 3
Written by Yao Fulgence KOFFI1, Louis BAN KOFFI2, Mireille ALLOUE-BORAUD1, Florentina MATEI3, Cristian Radu TOMA3, Zamblé Abel BOLI1, Moussa OUATTARA2, Marcellin DJE1

In the context of post-harvest conservation, a diagnosis of the pineapple orchard and risk factors for alterations related to fruit marketing was carried out by conducting a cross-sectional survey in the three major pineapple producing areas and four main areas Markets (Adjamé-Yopougon-Abobo-Plateau) in the Abidjan district (Ivory Coast). A sample of 250 producers and 200 traders was surveyed. The objective was to describe the post-harvest practices and risk factors associated with the commercialization of pineapple fruit. The results showed that the producers are men (100%), mainly illiterate (78.03%) and have an average age between 46 and 60 years (55.1%). Eighty percent (80%) are small growers with orchards under 10 ha. The plant material used by all the producers in the studied areas is composed mainly of 94.13% of discharges and chemical pesticides are used 100%. The harvest is 81.76% manual, unsorted and packaged in bulk (81.77%). Thus only 5.86% recognize that post-harvest losses are due to microorganisms. Also the traders investigated are mostly women (87.1%) and illiterate (70.7%) with a majority of age between 20 and 45 years. 97.73% of the sellers do not protect the fruits during the sale while 22.22% of the sellers carry out a cross-stocking with other fruits. Of all the municipalities investigated, all traders do not recognize the action of microorganisms in the alteration of the fruits. In the absence of sound health education and locally adapted interventions, producers and traders do not pay particular attention to preventing the risk of alterations. This study identified post-harvest practices in Ivorian pineapple plantation and the risk factors for alterations related to commercialization in the markets.

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