Evaluation of packaging materials for transportation of apple

International Journal of Development Research

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Research Article

Evaluation of packaging materials for transportation of apple

Subedi G.D., Gautam D.M., Baral D. R. and Paudyal K. P.


Studies were carried out for two consecutive years (2013-2014) to identify appropriate packaging materials for transportation of apples. Fruits of Red Delicious cultivar harvested on 3rd week of September were packed in different types of Corrugated Fiber Board boxes and transported from Jumla (2390m a.s.l., 29017’ N, 82013’ E) to Kohalpur, Banke (215 km mountainous gravel road, 48 hours) by truck. The treatments were 10 kg capacity 5 Ply and 7 Ply CFB boxes having 140, 160 and 180 PSI bursting strength. To compare with conventional and government recommended practices, the fruits were also packed in 3 Ply ordinary Beer cartons (conventional practice) and 7 Ply 20 kg capacity CFB boxes (Government recommendation). After transportation, fruits were stored as such condition in cold store at 5±1°C and 95% RH for one month. After storage, observations were made on physiological loss in weight (PLW), percent damage fruit, fruit quality and economic analysis. There was more than 50% reduction in PLW in all packaging treatments as compared to conventional one (3.8%). Similarly, total damaged fruits were highest (21.6%) in conventional practice which was reduced to 6 to 12 % in other treatments. Among the treatments, 7 Ply 180 PSI bursting strength CFB boxes were the best to retain fruit quality. Besides reduction in postharvest loss and better quality fruits, higher gross return, higher Benefit Cost Ratio was received from the improved technology. The use of 7 Ply 180 PSI CFB boxes has an additional benefit of NRs. 43650 (US $ 400) per 5000 kg fruits per truck load. Higher cost of CFB boxes could be an important obstacle in adaption of improved technology; hence provision should be made from the government to subsidize for packaging materials to encourage adaption of improved technology.

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