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Field survey of postharvest handling of cut flowers produced in the Up country of Sri Lanka for the local market

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TP Weeraratne,

Department of Botany, Faculty of Science and Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, LK
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WAM Daundasekera ,

Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, LK
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DSA Wijesundara

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Cut flowers produced for the local market come mainly from the Up-country region of Sri Lanka. Using a questionnaire, a field survey was carried out to find out information on aspects of postharvest handling and postharvest losses in Up-country produced cut flowers supplied to the local market. Forty-seven personnel involved in the cut flower handling chain in and around Nuwara Eliya town, Ragala, Bandarawela and Kandy were interviewed. A variety of postharvest problems related to Up-country cut flower production were identified. Inadequate knowledge on proper pre-and postharvest handling methods among the majority of farmers and sellers contributed largely to considerable postharvest losses in cut flowers.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v41i1.4538

Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 41 (1): 67-70, 2012

 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v41i1.4538
How to Cite: Weeraratne, T., Daundasekera, W. & Wijesundara, D., (2012). Field survey of postharvest handling of cut flowers produced in the Up country of Sri Lanka for the local market. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 41(1), pp.67–70. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v41i1.4538
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